Dementia In Dementia

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Dementia represents one of the most difficult public health challenges today. The World Health Organization (WHO) identifies dementia as a major public health priority and a significant cause of disability and dependency.[1] According to its latest report, nearly 47 million people suffer from dementia around the world, with an additional 9.9 million new cases each year. In 2015, the total burden of dementia was estimated at $818 billion globally.[1] In Canada, currently over 564,000 people live with dementia, with an additional 25,000 new cases every year. Caring for these patients, costs Canadian taxpayers approximately $10.4 billion annually.[2]
According to the WHO, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) afflicts over 64 million individuals and is responsible for about 3 million deaths worldwide.[3] It is predicted that by 2030, COPD will become the third most common cause of death globally.[3] In Canada, based on national survey results, 4% of people aged 35 to 79 years self-reported having COPD.[4] However, since these estimates were not objectively tested they may not represent the true prevalence of disease. In fact, the spirometry test results from the Canadian Health Measures Survey (CHMS) indicate that 13% of Canadians have a test score suggestive of COPD.[5]
With the aging of the Canadian population, dementia as a serious public health issue will continue to grow. In the absence of a curative treatment for most cases of dementia, a better

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