Alzheimer’s Disease :: Alzheimer Society receives $1 million gift on World Alzheimer’s Day

On World Alzheimer’s Day, the Alzheimer Society of Canada is pleased to announce its receipt of a $1 million legacy gift.

This donation, the largest single legacy gift in the Society’s history, will be used to help fund critical Alzheimer research, as well as support other important programs and services.

The funds were left to the Alzheimer Society of Canada through the will of an Ottawa resident, who witnessed the devastating effects Alzheimer’s disease had on those in her community and wanted to make a difference.

“We continue to be humbled by the generosity of Canadians, and are particularly grateful for the thoughtfulness behind this very important gift,” says Scott Dudgeon, chief executive officer of the Alzheimer Society of Canada. “Legacy giving is a very satisfying and meaningful way for people to make a difference. It is within reach of everyone, regardless of their economic status, and can be done in a way that doesn’t impact their lifestyle, or that of their family.”

A portion of the funds will be used to support the Alzheimer Society’s Research Program. Celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2007/08, the research program helps support some of the country’s best and brightest minds find answers in revention, treatments, and most importantly, a cure.

“We know that research remains the key to a cure, but there is still much work to be done,” adds Dudgeon. “We need the support of both the Canadian public, as well as the Federal Government, in order to ensure enough dollars are being spent on this very important work.”

With this in mind, the Alzheimer Society of Canada is calling on the federal government to make dementia a national health priority by sponsoring the development of a Canadian Dementia Management Strategy. The strategy would include key issues such as research, prevention, diagnosis, improved treatment, improved care and care for caregivers.

The Society is also calling on Canadians to let their voice be heard by becoming an Alzheimer advocate. By joining together with the Society, people can be part of a powerful tool for change, working to create a future without Alzheimer’s disease.

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