Alzheimer's Care Facility to be Built in Toronto



By: DAN VERBIN  
Published: March 5th 2010


Alzheimer's Disease brain
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With reports that the number of cases of Alzheimer’s Disease in Canada are expected to sharply increase in the near future, B’nai Brith Canada has announced that it is funding the construction of a free-standing Alzheimer’s care facility in the Toronto area.

 

The B’nai Brith Canada Alzheimer’s Complex is described as a “state-of-the-art” 43-bedroom residence that will include a special wing dedicated to Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. The facility will be managed by skilled professionals.

 

Joe Bogoroch, President of B’nai Brith Canada, said that the facility will meet a critical need for those suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease in the community.

 

“B’nai Brith understands the critical need for care that exists for Alzheimer’s patients and their families,” said Bogoroch. “We sincerely hope that our facility will provide its future residents with dignity, independence, and loving care. And it is for that reason that we have launched a $6 million capital fund to which we hope people in the community will contribute so we can all work together in making this project a real success.”

 

A report released by the Alzheimer Society in January revealed that findings point to alarming social and economic consequences of increasing incidences of dementia in Canada. Entitled “Rising Tide: The Impact of Dementia on Canadian Society”, the study found that if the current trends do not change, over the next 30 years, the levels of dementia will be over two times higher with the resulting cost increases over ten times higher than today.

 

"Today, someone in Canada develops dementia every five minutes. In 30 years, there will be one new case every two minutes," said David Harvey, of the Rising Tide report, in a statement. "If nothing changes, this sharp increase in the number of people living with dementia will mean that by 2038, the total costs associated with dementia will reach $153 billion a year. This amounts to a massive cumulative total of $872 billion over this 30-year period."

 

The report outlines a series of cumulative measures that can be undertaken to diminish the impact that more cases of dementia could have on Canadian society.

 

"Hope lies in making changes today that will lessen dementia's crippling effect on Canadian families, the health care system and the economy," stated Richard Nakoneczny, Chair of the Alzheimer Society of Canada. "More than ever, research is a critical contributor to this change. With an increased investment in research, we will learn more about prevention, possibly even discover a treatment to delay the onset of the disease and reduce its impact substantially."

 

The B’nai Brith Canada Alzheimer’s Complex will be located at 1 Kenton in North York. Land for the building was donated by the late David Sud and his wife Martha.

 




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