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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Show me the evidence: Dementia Research

Show me the evidence from the Canadian Institute of Health Research focuses on telling stories about how and where health research evidence produced by CIHR-supported researchers is being used.

This issue focuses on dementia. The increase in the number of elderly Canadians with dementia, including Alzheimer’s, is driving the need for an understanding of the processes behind dementia that will lead to improved treatments. The research stories told in this issue include:
  • Drs. Black and Hachinski’s research is a new approach to dementia treatment: early prevention based on addressing risk factors for vascular health, such as hypertension, diabetes and smoking. Their research was instrumental to the development of the first dementia screening protocol that combines stroke, dementia and overall vascular health.
  • In a recent CIHR-funded study, Keefe and colleagues identified best-practice guidelines for the timing of caregiver assessment for those caring for elderly spouses with dementia.
  • Between 1996 and 2005, using a combination of clinical experience, research infrastructure and insights from neuropsychology, researchers developed the Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA), a tool to screen for MCI in 10 minutes.

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