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Are Halifax's container terminals in the wrong place ? Preparing for life with Alzheimer's / Phone-in : your questions about the diagnosis and treatment of Alzheimer's and dementia

One of the great natural assets we have in the Maritimes is year-round ports.
Unlike ports along the St Lawrence Seaway through Quebec & Ontario, they don't shut down for the winter or require icebreakers to extend their season.
But the future prosperity of  Atlantic ports isn't assured - especially when it comes to container traffic.
Ottawa, the province of British Columbia and private investors have already poured about half a billion dollars into a new container port in Prince Rupert - the so-called Western Gateway to North America.
Meanwhile, we have several "gateway councils" on this coast angling for federal money in the next budget with no concensus about how or where to deal with containers.
Don Mills is especially frustrated by the situation in Halifax, where two container terminals - just a few kilometers from each other - are operating well below capacity. Mr Mills is President and co-founder of Corporate Research Associates Inc., a public opinion and marketing research firm. He explained why he thinks there should be a single, new container facility - on the other side of the harbour in Dartmouth.

An RCMP officer based in Nova Scotia is one of two members of the mounties missing after the earthquake that devastated Haiti. Sgt Mark Gallagher has been working in Haiti since last fall. Radio-Canada reporter Fernande Devost reached Mark Gallagher's wife, Lisa, at their home in Northhampton, New Brunswick.      

The number of people with Alzheimer's Disease is set to jump dramatically over the next few decades. We all hope we won't be struck by the disease, but we shouldn't deny the possibility, either.
With the availability of relatively new drugs, and researchers exploring how to slow the progress of Alzheimer's, more Maritimers will likely be living longer with the disease.  
But what will that life be like - for them and their loved ones?
Freelance journalist Philip Moscovitch spoke with patients, caregivers and someone who could be both.

A report released at the beginning of January by the Alzheimer Society of Canada lays out the challenge in stark terms : dementia is already the leading cause of disability among Canadians over the age of 65 and those numbers will continue to rise.  By 2038, it's estimated that dementia will cost a staggering $153-billion a year, up from the current $15-billion a year.
The report - called "Rising Tide: The Impact of Dementia on Canadian Society" - goes on to say that unless a comprehensive national plan is developed to contain the increasing number of cases, the implications will be severe and prolonged, and create enormous financial hardship for the health care system and for families caring for loved ones.
Alzheimer's is one of the many forms of dementia, and its diagnosis and treatment are of primary concern for our guests. Dr Ken Rockwood is  professor of geriatric medicine and Alzheimer research chair at Dalhousie University in Halifax. Keiran Cooley is a naturopathic doctor and Director of Research with the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine. They addressed your questions and comments about Alzheimer's and dementia.


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