Our Contribution to Research

Since 1984, our local Alzheimer Society has contributed over one million dollars to the following thanks to supporters’ donations and proceeds from fundraising events:

  • approximately $674,255  to the Alzheimer Society of Canada’s Peer Review National Research Program (Biomedical and Quality of Life); this amount includes $1,970 in 2014/2015
  • $150,000 to The Tanz Centre for Research in Neurodegenerative Diseases, University of Toronto, Faculty of Medicine
  • $186,000 in directed research to the Alzheimer Society of Canada to evaluate the design of the Peter D. Clark Bungalows

Here is a research project being conducted in Ottawa that we have helped to fund:

Quality of Life Grant 2013

Project: Cognitive function and neuropsychological assessment in bilingual MCI and AD

Over half the world’s population is bilingual, as are an increasing number of Canadians. While bilingualism is known to affect cognitive function, clinicians still lack tools and measures to accurately assess French-English bilinguals in Canada. This research will develop suitable tools and norms for this population, focusing on tasks that are most affected by bilingualism (picture naming, verbal fluency, and tasks examining executive function). We will assess 360 monolinguals and bilinguals: healthy younger and older adults, and people with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and Alzheimer’s disease (AD). The research has clinical importance, as we will produce a picture naming task specifically developed for these populations, as well as norms for verbal fluency and executive function performance that are critically needed by clinicians. It is also of theoretical importance, as it will shed light on the alterations in language and cognitive performance that are observed in bilinguals with MCI and AD.