Aging Population & Dementia in Canada
According to the 2016 census, the number of individuals who were over the age of 65 surpassed the total number of children with 5.9 million and 5.8 million, respectively. By 2041, it is expected that the elderly will make up at least 25% of BC’s population. With this increasing trend, there is also a growing concern for dementia care in Canada. According to the Alzheimer Society of Canada, there were approximately 564,000 Canadians living with dementia with an anticipated increase of 66% over the next 15 years.
In Canada, tremendous efforts have been placed to prevent or slow the progression of this disease through early diagnosis and promotion of healthy living (Government of Canada, 2017). As part of ATL’s mission of improving the welfare of seniors, we aim to reduce the burden of this disease by creating holistic communities that provide the necessary support for seniors coping with dementia.