Number of Canadians living with dementia expected to triple by 2050

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(Courtney Dickson/ CBC News) –– A new study from the Alzheimer’s Society of Canada predicts that the number of people in Canada living with dementia will triple over the next 30 years. 

The study used data from Statistics Canada to create representations of people living in Canada and looked at how many of those people would develop dementia over time in what is called a “microsimulation.”

In 2020, more than 597,000 Canadians were living with dementia; by 2050, that number is expected to reach 1.7 million. 

“As Canada’s baby boomer generation continues to age, the number of people in Canada living with dementia will rise significantly,” report author Dr. Joshua Armstrong said in a news release. (…)

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