By the end of the year, an estimated 185,000 Ontarians are expected to develop Alzheimer's disease, according to a new report.
The figure is an increase of 15,000 from 2008, according to the study by the Alzheimer's Society of Canada, MyKawartha.com reports.
Chris Braney, executive director of Alzheimer's Society Durham, said the rising numbers may be the result of an aging population, according to the article.
"We're kind of in a situation where we're going to be in a crisis in a few years due to the fact that studies are showing Alzheimer and dementia figures are just soaring," Braney told the news provider.
News of the projected increase in dementia cases follows Canada declaring January as Alzheimer's Disease Awareness month, an effort to raise awareness and funding for research of the debilitating condition. Approximately 500,000 Canadians live with Alzheimer's disease.
The Durham group kicked off the month with a Walk for Memories event which drew in approximately 100 people and raised more than $22,000 for Alzheimer's care, support and research.
Past studies into the disease have shown patients who exercise and eat certain foods may prevent symptoms of dementia.