Sep 06, 2022
By Jane Brown
We’re learning that nearly one million people in Canada are expected to have dementia by 2030.
According to projections in a new report from the Alzheimer Society of Canada, that is an increase of more than 65-percent from 2020.
The report’s authors warn that unless measures are taken to reduce the risks and delay the onset of the condition that close to 1.4 billion care giving hours – the equivalent of more than 690-thousand full time jobs – will be required annually to support the 1.7 million Canadians who will have dementia by 2050.
But this is not an inevitable situation according to chief research officer at the Alzheimer Society of Canada.
Saskia Sivananthan says by investing in addressing modifiable risk factors that improve brain health, as a government and as a country, we can start changing and shifting some of those numbers down.
Certain risk factors, such as age and genetics, are not modifiable, but experts say measures that people can take include being physically and socially active, getting six to eight hours of quality sleep a night, avoiding excessive alcohol use, seeking treatment for depression, avoiding head injuries and using hearing aids.