Government of Canada Supports Innovation to Improve Aging and Brain Health

Public Health Agency of Canada

Two out of three Canadians have a friend or family member affected by dementia. Innovative approaches to support those living with dementia and their caregivers can greatly improve their quality of life.

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Spark program funding has been approved for the Canadian Centre for Aging and Brain Health Innovation. Thirty-one point-of-care innovators from the healthcare system, such as nurses and clinicians, have been selected to turn ideas that support Canadians affected by dementia into prototypes.

The Spark program supports the advancement of innovative ideas from concept to practice in the field of aging and brain health. Specific target areas include reducing emergency department visits, preventing falls, and supporting aging at home.

The Minister of Health also announced funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research for four new projects to study and identify effective ways to promote social inclusion for people living with dementia and their caregivers.