In the next 30 years, the number of dementia sufferers in Canada is expected to triple, according to the Alzheimer's Society's 2020 study. In addition to this study, the new study released by the organization revealed that by 2050, one in four people with dementia in Canada will be of Asian descent. The aging population is the main reason for the increase in dementia, Dr. Dr. Josh Armstrong says.
In the 1970s there was a change in immigration. The number of immigrants from Asian countries in Canada increased significantly. Those who came to Canada in the seventies, eighties and nineties are now over 65 years old. He said that the increasing number of aging people increases the risk of dementia. But people of Asian descent are less likely to develop dementia because of their ethnicity, he said.
Compared to other ethnic groups, Asians are actually less at risk. But considering Canada's Asian population, dementia is more likely to be of Asian descent. The increase in immigration from Asian countries causes the population to increase in Canada. Due to the demographic structure, it is expected that the risk of dementia will increase in Asians, he said.