What is dementia?
Dementia is an umbrella term that refers to a variety of brain disorders causing physical changes to the brain. The effects of these changes impact many facets of a person’s well-being, from mental abilities and mood to physical difficulties with simple tasks like eating and getting dressed. In 2010, more than 500,000 Canadians were living with dementia. Within a generation, this is expected to grow to 1.1 million people with dementia - more than double our current rates. With 1 out of 11 Canadians over 65 currently living with dementia, it is a disorder that touches many of us in a personal way.