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New Report Predicts an Increase in Dementia in Nova Scotia by 2050

Sep 7, 2022 | 6:00 AM

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A new report from the Alzheimer’s Society of Canada found that by 2050, the number of people with dementia in Nova Scotia is expected to almost double in the next 30 years. This is due to Nova Scotia’s aging population.

It’s estimated that the province has 16.300 people living with the illness. The newfound data from the report will help the Alzheimer’s Society of Nova Scotia to work with the province and other partners to implement solutions that could drive the number of patients down.

``With a 40 percent increase in client referrals and a 20 present increase in calls to our Infoline last year we are already supporting the increased demand in Nova Scotia.`` Says Sacha Nadeau director of programs and services at the provincial society. `` These insights knowing the anticipated number of people with dementia, the impacts on their care partners and the potential of interventions are hugely valuable to inform partnerships programs and services going forward.``

The report found that if the onset of dementia is delayed by 10 years, over 71,000 new cases of dementia could be avoided by 2050. This will have an impact on caregiving for people with the condition.

The Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia is a non profit organization dedicated to serving Nova Scotians impacted by Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. They provide assistance to both patients and caregivers through programs and services.

You can read the full report online at: Navigating the Path Forward for Dementia In Canada


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