CC-ABHI awards $1.4 million to point-of-care workers to support aging & brain health innovations

Date: February 16, 2017 Author: ocsco Categories: OCSCO News

By The Canadian Centre for Aging and Brain Health Innovation (CC-ABHI)

Groundbreaking.  Inspiring.  Health Innovations.

In September 2016, the Canadian Centre for Aging & Brain Health Innovation (CC-ABHI) called on point-of-care workers to think outside the box and bring their BIG IDEAS forward when it came to improving health care solutions for older adults. 

They asked for ideas that could improve the brain health or quality of life for older adults so that they can maintain their cognitive, emotional and physical well-being for longer.  The response was phenomenal!  They were inundated with proposals from point-of-care workers, including nurses, physicians, clinicians and others, in the health and long-term care sector.

On Friday, February 3rd, they announced the thirty-one point-of-care workers who have been granted funding from CC-ABHI’s Spark Program. Each will receive up to $50,000 in funding to scale up their ideas into proof-of-concept or prototypes. In total, CC-ABHI will invest more than $1.4 million in new innovations through this round of the Spark Program.  They are excited to see these innovations in action!

The Honourable Jane Philpott, Minister of Health for the Government of Canada, made the official announcement of the recipients at an event held at Baycrest Health Sciences. She was joined by the Honourable Reza Moridi, Minister of Research, Innovation & Science for the Government of Ontario as well as other government officials.

Photo from L-R (Jennifer Donovan, Spark recipient – York Care Centre, Marco Mendicino, MP Eglinton-Lawrence, Dr. William E. Reichman, President & CEO of Baycrest, the Hon. Reza Moridi, Minister of Research, Innovation & Science, the Hon. Jane Philpott, Minister of Health, Monte Kwinter, MPP for York Centre, Ron Riesenbach, Managing Director of CC-ABHI and Vice-President and CTO of Baycrest).

Examples of innovations that will be funded by the Spark Program include the use of virtual reality to calm persons with dementia as well as mindfulness interventions for caregivers of patients with Alzheimer’s disease. Other funded projects include further development of an app that helps caregivers track and manage challenging behaviours associated with dementia, and the development of a floor lighting system designed to reduce falls in long-term care settings.  Overall, the projects will lend themselves to addressing cognitive decline in older adults, with a focus on keeping older adults at home, reducing emergency department visits, reducing falls, and improving cognitive fitness.   See the complete list of recipients of the 2017 CC-ABHI Spark Program.

CC-ABHI would like to thank their funders for making the Spark Program possible.  Support has been provided by the Government of Canada through the Public Health Agency of Canada; by the Government of Ontario through the Ministry of Research, Innovation and Science; and by the Baycrest Foundation.
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