Canadian society is an aging society. During the next 10 years, the number of cases of Alzheimer’s disease is expected to sky rocket. As of 2016, an estimated 564,000 Canadians were living with dementia and by 2031, this figure is expected to rise to 937,000, an increase of 66 per cent.*
“Alzheimer’s disease deprives people of some of the best years of their lives, and it deprives grandchildren of their grandparents,” says Dr. Robert Sutherland, neuroscience researcher and director of the Canada Centre of Behavioural Neuroscience (CCBN) at the University of Lethbridge. “To me, there is no more important disease to understand and to stop.”
Researchers the CCBN and the U of L Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry have joined forces to shine new light on Alzheimer's disease. They are examining the disease from many different perspectives and are working together to tackle the problem from many different levels.
- Prevalence and Monetary Costs of Dementia in Canada, a report by the Alzheimer Society of Canada (2016)