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McMaster joins research partnership to facilitate change in dementia care

Published: February 5, 2010
Carrie McAiney
Carrie McAiney, an assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioural neurosciences

McMaster University will be a key partner in a $1-million research project to improve support for people living with dementia.

Gary Goodyear, the federal Minister of State (Science and Technology), today announced the funding for a collaborative research project that will bring together universities and community organizations to build knowledge and facilitate a new approach to care and support  for people living with dementia.

The project, Partnerships in Dementia Care (PiDC) Alliance, will be led by co-principal investigators Carrie McAiney, an assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioural neurosciences at McMaster University, and Sherry Dupuis, an associate professor of recreation and leisure studies  and director of the Alzheimer research and education program at the University of Waterloo.

The PiDC Alliance, based at the University of Waterloo, will include partners from across the university sector and many community, seniors care and not-for-profit organizations from southern Ontario and throughout the country.

It will look at how to ensure that everyone involved in the care of people living with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia — including family members, formal care providers, and persons living with dementia — are active participants and decision-makers in their care.

The project is supported with a grant of approximately $1 million over five years from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) in the form of a Community-University Research Alliance (CURA) grant.

Wayne Lewchuk, a professor of labour studies and economics, was another McMaster recipient of a CURA grant. He received $1 million over five years to study poverty and employment precarity, or the growth of jobs which are precariousness and have low wages, few benefits and lack of collective representation, in southern Ontario. The research project involves partners at several universities, including Ryerson, the University of Toronto and York, as well as community partners such as the United Way and the social planning councils of Hamilton, Peel and Toronto.

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