• Stephen Lecce, MPP

Ontario Supports Research to Help Improve the Quality of Life for Seniors

February 26, 2021

TORONTO — The Ontario government is investing $23.5 million over the next five years to help the Centre for Aging + Brain Health Innovation (CABHI), powered by Baycrest, improve the quality of life for seniors with dementia and Alzheimer's disease. The funding will support innovative research and programs to help seniors with brain health related issues live at home longer and reduce the cost of care delivery. "Ontario's research organizations are at the forefront of discoveries that advance knowledge, drive progress and create a better future for the people of Ontario," said Ross Romano, Minister of Colleges and Universities. "By providing funding to CABHI, we are supporting innovative research and programs that can help our aging population deal with brain health related issues, dementia and Alzheimer's disease." Ontario's investment will also address challenges that have arisen for seniors and their caregivers due to the COVID-19 pandemic, including social isolation, increased caregiver stress, and difficulty maintaining seniors' cognitive, mental and physical health. CABHI's research and commercialization mandate also supports promising innovations that are ready to grow and move beyond their initial pilot projects. It will also help researchers scale up and bring healthcare technologies for older adults and those with dementia to domestic and international markets. "CABHI is proud to continue its close collaboration with Ontario, and to formalize our ties with the provincial research sector through this new partnership with the Ministry of Colleges and Universities," said Dr. Allison Sekuler, Managing Director, CABHI and Sandra A. Rotman Chair in Cognitive Neuroscience a