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In most parts of the world, people are living longer, and this means that diseases that affect elderly people are becoming more common. In 1991, 11.6% of the Canadian population was aged 65 or over. This is expected to rise to 16% by 2016, and to about 23% in 2041.

Among the diseases of aging, few are more devastating than Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. Dementia involves the deterioration of a person’s memory, followed by other aspects of intellectual, emotional and cognitive functioning. These diseases are relentlessly progressive, and eventually reach the point where patients become incapable of caring for themselves and even unable to recognize close family members.

The Canadian Study of Health and Aging was was undertaken between 1991 and 2001, and involved over 10,000 elderly Canadians. It has collected information on dementia and on a wide range of other health topics.

Because these conditions are so important, we have planned this web site to include information from the study that will be of interest to the general public. As of July 2002, however, this part of the site is not ready, so in the meantime you are referred to the part written for researchers.

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