Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP champions dementia care and research with $250,763 donation
Fantastic new things are happening in care and research thanks to the generous support of Fasken Martineau! Through their donation, the Fédération québécoise des Sociétés Alzheimer will launch the Music and Memory™ program. The program, which is offered by many Societies across Canada, uses personal playlists to recreate memories for people living with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. Music helps to sooth, stimulate memories and self-expression, and fosters independence. It’s also strengthens the bond between the person with the disease and their caregiver.
Additionally, two promising Canadian researchers will continue to further their work with the Alzheimer Society Research Program (ASRP): Véronique Provencher at the Université de Sherbrooke and Marjorie Silverman at the University of Ottawa.
After a stay in the hospital, people are usually eager to get home and resume their normal routine. But they don’t always consider the safety risks. Falls, injuries, fires and wandering are just a few potential hazards. Veronique’s research aims to make the transition back home safer: "My hope is that this knowledge will help to provide more appropriate care and services to meet patients' and their carers’ needs, which will help optimize safety and home support," she says.
Marjorie’s research is the first of its kind in Canada. She wants to make caregiver’s lives more manageable and less stressful by understanding their day-to-day activities and realities. Caring for someone with dementia creates many small changes in daily life. For example, you might stop shopping at the local grocery store if you feel like your spouse or parent is stigmatized in public. Or, you may forgo trips to the hairdresser because you can’t afford the time.
By collaborating with other researchers in Scotland, England and Sweden, Marjorie’s goal is to create a toolkit with creative solutions for caregivers in their communities.
Robert Girard, firm partner at Fasken Martineau, understands the importance of dementia care and research and has been a great champion of this partnership.
“With the number of Canadians impacted by dementia steadily climbing, it’s essential we have the capacity to meet their needs. On behalf of Fasken Martineau, we’re proud to contribute to Alzheimer Society programs and services and advance research at the same time.”