N.B. brain health study looked at prevention, screening for dementia – CBC

Aging province means more risk, doctor says

May 29, 2024

It’s no secret, Atlantic Canada is aging.

And with age comes risk for diseases, such as dementia.

“I think what concerns me most over the next 20 years is the increase in numbers of people that are going to be 75 years of age and older and our system’s ability to respond to the needs of those individuals,” said Pamela Jarrett, a geriatrician with Horizon Health Network.

Jarrett studies dementia and was part of a recent New Brunswick study that aimed to both prevent and screen for the disease by treating patients in their homes.

“I think we need to be creative,” she said of how health care needs to reduce the strain of an aging population on the health care system.

“Reducing that strain is slowing down or preventing dementia.”

The study, the New Brunswick Brain Health Initiative: Preventing Alzheimer’s by Lessening Modifiable Risks, was done in conjunction with Dalhousie University, the University of New Brunswick, Université de Moncton and the Horizon and Vitalité Health Networks.

Read more: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/new-brunswick-dementia-study-1.7217433

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