More than 500,000 Canadians are currently living with dementia and that number is expected to nearly double by the year 2030. Every year, more than 25,000 Canadians are diagnosed with dementia and one fifth of our population has experienced caring for someone with the disease. Worldwide, 50 million people are living with dementia — and there are nearly 10 million new cases each year, according to the World Health Organization. What’s more, there are currently no medications that can cure Alzheimer’s disease or stop it from progressing. Still, there is hope.
By delaying the onset of dementia by five years, we can reduce its prevalence by 30 percent. Delaying onset by 10 years would virtually eradicate dementia.
By participating in Bike for Brain Health, you'll be raising vital funds to help Baycrest in its work to defeat dementia. These critical funds will be directed toward areas that require timely investments for care, innovation, education and research at Baycrest – all with the same goals: creating a world where every older adult enjoys a life of purpose, inspiration and fulfilment. Join Bike for Brain Health so that we can all Fear No Age!
Some more stats1 on dementia in Canada:
It costs Canadians approximately $12 billion annually to care for those living with dementia
56% of Canadians are concerned about being affected by Alzheimer’s disease
46% of Canadians admit they would feel ashamed or embarrassed if they had dementia
87% of caregivers wish that more people understood the realities of caring for someone with dementia
(1information courtesy Alzheimer Society of Canada)
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