Around 71,000 Canadians under the age of 65 are living with dementia, according to new research carried out by a leading charity.
The Alzheimer Society of Canada revealed that out of half a million sufferers in the country, 15 per cent of them are pre-retirement, with 50,000 of them also under the age of 59, which it said highlighted the importance of tackling the problem as early as possible.
President of the organisation Ray Congdon said: "As it stands today, the number of Canadians living with Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia will more than double within a generation."
Chief executive of the society Scott Dudgeon echoed his partner's comments, adding that as well as the health system being strained by this prospect, business and industry will also suffer due to the importance of leaders and mentors who may have the condition.
The Alzheimer Society of Canada was founded in 1978.
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