Statistics Show Dementia Affects More Than 71,000 Canadians Under Age 65



    Number of people living with Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia
    could reach 260 000 quebecors

    MONTREAL, Jan. 5 /CNW Telbec/ - Soon, Alzheimer's disease and related
dementias won't only be about our parent's generation. It will also be about
ours.
    This comes from new data released today to mark the start of Alzheimer
Awareness Month, confirming that more than 120,000 Canadians living with
Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia, of whom 14% are under the age of
65.
    Part of the initial findings of a study undertaken by the Alzheimer
Society in conjunction with RiskAnalytica, this new information on the
prevalence of Alzheimer's disease and related dementias paints a potentially
frightening picture about the present and future impact of dementia on
Canadian Society.
    "Of those living with Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia,
approximately 15 per cent of them are under age 65. This means that it isn't
only our health care and social systems that are being overwhelmed," says
Sandro Di Cori, CEO of the Alzheimer Federation of Alzheimer Societies. "The
reality is that the businesses and industry sectors are also being affected as
our boomer generation, a generation of leaders and mentors, are affected by
dementia."
    Highlights from the initial findings of the study Rising Tide: The Impact
of Dementia on Canadian Society include:

    
    - Approximately 500,000 Canadians are living with Alzheimer's disease or
      a related dementia
    - Of the 500,000 people, 119,700 are quebecors;
    - Of the 500,000 people affected, more than 17,140 of them are under the
      age of 65 (approximately 50,000 of them are under the age of 60 in
      Canada).
    - 1 in 11 people over the age of 65 currently have Alzheimer's disease or
      a related dementia
    - Women are 72 per cent in number of Canadians with Alzheimer's disease
    - Within just five years, an additional 140,000 quebecors could develop
      Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia
    - Within a generation (25 years), the number of people living with
      Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia could affect 260,000 in
      Quebec, and reach between 1 million and 1.3 million in Canada.
    

    "As it stands today, the number of Canadians living with Alzheimer's
disease or a related dementia will double within a generation," says Richard
Robinson, President of the Alzheimer Federation of Quebec Societies Society.
"This new data only reinforces the fact that Alzheimer's disease and related
dementias are a rising concern in this country, an epidemic that has the
potential to overwhelm the Canadian health care system if changes are not made
today."
    The Alzheimer Society is issuing a call to action for all Canadians this
January, asking them to do what they can to help turn the tide, and ease the
impact of Alzheimer's disease and related dementias. These actions can include
making a donation to support critical research, raising their voice to this
country's parliamentarians, and doing the things they can to help reduce their
own risk of developing dementia.
    "Every Canadian has a reason to care," says Sandro Di Cori, "Alzheimer's
disease and related dementias are a tragic reality for a rapidly growing
number of Canadian families. The time to act is now."

    The Federation of Quebec Alzheimer societies is the leading, nationwide
health organization for people affected by dementia in Quebec. The Federation,
via Alzheimer Canada, is a principal funder of Alzheimer research and
training, provides enhanced care and support to people with the disease, their
families and their caregivers, and is a prominent voice within all levels of
government. Active in more than 140 communities across Canada, Alzheimer
Canada is also an organization at the forefront of world wide efforts to fight
dementia.

    For more information on the Rising Tide: The Impact of Dementia on
Canadian Society, on the Alzheimer Society, Alzheimer's disease or related
dementias, or how to become an Alzheimer Advocate, please visit
www.alzheimerquebec.ca




For further information:

For further information: Stephanie Bazot, Federation of Quebec Alzheimer
Societies, (514) 369-7891 extension 222, sbazot@alzheimerquebec.ca

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