Dementia & African Nova Scotians

This page provides information about dementia specific to the African Nova Scotian community.

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People of African Descent are:

  • Two to three times more likely to develop Alzheimer’s and other dementias compared to Caucasians.1
  • More likely to have vascular disease (problems with blood circulation) and may also be at risk of developing vascular dementia.1

Are you at risk?

Risk factors alone are not causes of disease. They represent an increased chance, but not a certainty, that dementia will develop:

  • African ancestry
  • Born female
  • 65+ years old
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol levels
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Family history
  • Obesity
  • Social isolation
  • Physical inactivity
  • Smoking
  • Alcohol misuse
  • Hearing loss
  • Depression
  • Brain injury

Click here to see our Dementia & African Nova Scotians information card.


Andrew Howe, Coordinator, Education & Engagement, African Nova Scotian Communities
[email protected]

Proudly partnered with:

Health Association of African Canadians
1J Alzheimer’s dis. (2019)

Programs & Services

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