Major funding for Brain Health and Wellness Project

(HALIFAX, N.S.)– The Fountain of HealthTM is overflowing with half a million reasons to celebrate.

The national Nova Scotia-based non-profit aimed at promoting brain health and resilience for adults of all ages, working in collaboration with the Canadian Coalition for Seniors Mental Health, has received a $425,000 grant from the Canadian Centre for Aging & Brain Health Innovation. The Fountain of Health received an additional $50,000 grant from the Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation, for work taking place in Nova Scotia, as part of the larger project.

Members of Dalhousie and Nova Scotia Health Authority helped to create and build the Fountain of Health, which is now recognized internationally for its forward-thinking approach toward aging well.

“We are very excited about this funding. This financial support is absolutely critical to The Brain Health and Wellness Project and its ongoing success,” said Fountain of Health founder, Dr. Keri-Leigh Cassidy, who is also the clinical academic director of the Geriatric Psychiatry Program at Dalhousie University and NSHA. “I am proud to be a part of a successful national grant team with significant contributions from Nova Scotians like Dr. Beverley Cassidy of NSHA’s Geriatric Psychiatry program, Dr. Roger Hamilton a family physician, and Dr. Michael Vallis of Dalhousie’s Behaviour Change Institute, among others.”

Dr. Cassidy describes The Brain Health and Wellness Project as innovation at its very best.

“The project works to shift the paradigm of health care away from a disease-based model to one that promotes brain health by activating behaviours known to reduce the risk of dementia,” said Dr. Cassidy.

The tools used in the project are evidence-based, field-tested with positive results, simple, quick and easy to use. Developed by a team of national experts in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy , the health activation tools have a high degree of acceptability with effectiveness in over 80 per cent of patients.

The Brain Health and Wellness Project is open to all clinicians across Canada. Project participation involves three easy steps using paper-tools or The Wellness App, an innovative web-based app usable on any device:

  1. Patients are invited to fill-out a simple health and resilience pre-questionnaire on paper in their healthcare provider’s waiting room, or on The Wellness App.
  2. Their healthcare provider helps the patient to set one small health goal.
  3. The patient and healthcare provider check-in with one month later, in person or by phone.

It’s a proactive project that strives to “put self-care into healthcare: one small step at a time.”