In Canada, it is estimated that the number of persons living with dementia will nearly double within two decades, rising from 513,953 in 2014 to an estimated 986,954 by 2033.[i] Direct medical care costs for Canadians living with dementia were estimated at $12 billion in 2020 and are projected to reach $16.6 billion by 2031.[ii]
These trends present an unsustainable trajectory. In Hope for Dementia’s White Paper, a framework is proposed to bend the curve downward through strategies for the prevention of dementia and for the deceleration and the reversal of symptoms.
In our previous bulletin, we focused on primary prevention strategies. In this bulletin, we focus on strategies to decelerate the symptoms of dementia.
Secondary prevention: improving individual health for persons at risk
Secondary prevention strategies target at-risk groups and involve symptom deceleration measures such as nutrition modification, on-going assessment, and stimulation activities to delay cognitive decline as well as preserve the health of persons diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment.