Could a cell phone game detect who is at risk of Alzheimer’s?

Hilary Evans is Chief Executive of Alzheimer’s Research UK.

“Research shows us that the brain changes associated with diseases like Alzheimer’s begin decades before symptoms like memory loss start, For future Alzheimer’s treatments to be effective, it’s likely they must be given at the earliest stages of disease, before there’s too much damage to the brain.”

Hilary Evans, chief executive at Alzheimer’s Research United Kingdom.

An Alzheimer’s diagnosis often relies on signs of memory problems. However, these issues usually do not appear until years after the disease has taken hold. A new smartphone game is using spatial navigation to detect Alzheimer’s before it is too late.

Another person develops Alzheimer’s diseaseevery 3 seconds, according to Alzheimer’s Disease International. The number of people living with this most common form of dementiacurrently stands at around 50 million. By 2050, experts expect this figure to have tripled.

The last “significant breakthrough” in Alzheimer’s research happened 4 decades ago, states the latest World Alzheimer’s Report. However, a recently developed smartphone game may alter that statistic.


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Government of Canada — Action for Seniors report

Published in fall 2014

Profile of seniors in Canada

Seniors in Canada are a rapidly growing segment of the population and are living longer and healthier lives than previous generations.

In 2014, over 6 million Canadians were aged 65 or older, representing 15.6 percent of Canada’s population. By 2030—in less than two decades—seniors will number over 9.5 million and make up 23 percent of Canadians. Additionally, by 2036, the average life expectancy at birth for women will rise to 86.2 years from the current 84.2 and to 82.9 years from the current 80 for men.

Table 1: Total and share of population 65 and over by decade, 1971–2080

Table 1: Total and share of population 65 and over by decade, 1971–2080