In Canada, almost half a million seniors live with a diagnosed dementia, two thirds are women. Alzheimer’s Disease is the most common type of dementia accounting for 60-80% of all diagnoses. The percentage of seniors living with dementia increased by 9% in the last ten years and with a growing and aging population, we will see more Canadians living with dementia in the coming years.
In the Comox Valley, the 75+ age group makes up 11.1% of the population, compared with 7.9% in the rest of BC. Over the next 20 years, it is expected that the Comox Valley will have the greatest population growth in the 75+ age group.
January is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month and during this month dedicated to advocacy for seniors and education about Alzheimer’s Disease we want to acknowledge the resilience of our loved ones living with Alzheimer’s and the dedication, knowledge and compassion of family, friends and healthcare workers who provide care and support.
One way to help is to consider a donation to the Foundation and we will direct your gift to services that support people living with dementia. Donations can be made online or by calling (250) 331-5957.