CABHI and Alberta Innovates announce $500,000 investment for innovative dementia care in Alberta

Alberta Innovates and the Baycrest-led Centre for Aging + Brain Health Innovation (CABHI) today announced a new partnership agreement to accelerate the evaluation and promote adoption of innovative products and services that address the needs of older adults with dementia. Up to $250,000 in matching funding per project, is available to be leveraged to test in Alberta market-ready innovations built by small and medium sized enterprises.

“CABHI is delighted to partner with Alberta Innovates to support the testing of promising innovations in real world settings. Our shared vision is to get innovations that make a difference into the hands of those who will benefit from them as quickly as possible,” says Dr. Allison Sekuler, Managing Director for CABHI, and Sandra A. Rotman Chair in Cognitive Neuroscience & Vice-President, Research at Baycrest Health Sciences. “Partnerships like this one are critical for building national innovation capacity in seniors’ care, which, in turn, leads to better health, and social and economic benefits for Canadians, and advances our goal of the prevention and treatment of Alzheimer’s and other dementias.”

“Alberta Innovates is proud to partner with CABHI and Baycrest Health Sciences, a global leader in aging and brain health, on our Accelerating Innovations into CarE portfolio of programs.  Collaboration is at the heart of what we do – bringing together bright minds and great ideas to drive innovation. This new partnership will help support companies and health innovators to enhance the care of seniors with dementia in Alberta,” said Tim Murphy, VP Health for Alberta Innovates.

Through the Accelerating Innovations into Care for Aging and Brain Health (AICE-ABH) program, we intend to accelerate the adoption of new innovations to solve the following health challenges:

  • Aging in place: solutions that enable older adults with dementia to maximize their choice, independence and quality of life to enable aging in the most appropriate setting.
    • Caregiver support: solutions that support caregivers (formal and informal) providing care to older adults with dementia.
    • Care coordination and navigation: solutions that help older adults, caregivers and healthcare providers coordinate care and transitions for older adults with dementia.
    • Cognitive health: solutions that focus on promoting brain health, the prevention of brain disease, early diagnostics, and slowing the progression of cognitive impairment for older adults.

More information on the funding available through the AICE-ABH program can be found at the Alberta Innovates website and here on the CABHI website. Application deadline is December 17, 2018 at 3:00pm MST. 

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