Against the Dying Light

Alzheimer's is the only disease, among the Top 10 causes of death in Canada, that cannot be prevented, cured or even slowed. As of 2016, the combined health-care system and out-of-pocket caregiver costs are estimated at $10.4 billion per year. By 2031, this figure is expected to jump to $16.6 billion - crippling an already taxed health-care system.

At Western, researchers are working across the spectrum of dementias - from the cellular level, to caregiver support to big questions about end of life. Ours has been a realistic, yet optimistic, journey, one engaging both minds and hearts. Told through our faculty, students, staff and community partners, Against The Dying Light shows how we are all impacted by this deadly disease.


These are our stories...

Against the Dying Light

Alzheimer's is the only disease, among the Top 10 causes of death in Canada, that cannot be prevented, cured or even slowed. At Western, researchers are working across the spectrum of dementias. Ours has been a realistic, yet optimistic, journey, one engaging both minds and hearts. Told through our faculty, students, staff and community partners, Against The Dying Light shows we are all impacted by this deadly disease.


These are our stories...

Louise's Story

Death was a relief. Louise knows people have a hard time saying that. But it is the unspoken feeling that hangs in a room when two or more caregivers of Alzheimer's patients gather.

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Research

Western researchers remain hopeful their work may one day unlock the secret to early detection - and, therefore, open the door to potential therapies and, perhaps even cures. What challenges does this quest pose, what answers does it offer, and what questions does it raise for our society?

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Partners

Whether it's the latest political scandal, the history of the Studebaker or how to make the best pasta sauce, Len Corey and Lucas Tersigni have no shortage of conversational topics.

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Caregivers

For more than 15 years, Don Mahood has been trying to hold it together - for him and his wife, Mary Charlotte, who, now in her mid-70s, is in the advanced stages of Alzheimer's disease.

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Memories

I am on the phone (or was it Skype?) with him and I am longing for the words of acknowledgement and the praise - also the soft criticism my father used with each of my publications.

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Pitfalls

Would you like to know the day you will die? Should you want to know? What changes in you if you know? What opportunities and pitfalls arise from knowing the unknown?

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The Future

Caregivers overseeing adults living with Alzheimer's disease manage reams of information daily - information they receive, seek, navigate and translate from doctors and health-care providers, from support services; even from friends and family members.

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