Updates on Dementia in Canada

Today, half a million Canadians have Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia. Approximately 71,000 of them are under age 65.

This means that 1 in 11 Canadians over the age of 65 currently has Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia.

This year alone, more than 103,000 Canadians will develop dementia. This is equivalent to one person every five minutes. By 2038, this will become one person every two minutes, or more than 257,000 people per year.

If nothing changes, the number of people living with Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia is expected to more than double, reaching 1.1 million Canadians within 25 years.

Alzheimer’s disease versus other dementia

Alzheimer's disease is the leading form of dementia. It currently represents 63% of all dementias. This will increase to 68% by year 2034, i.e. within a generation

Vascular dementia is the second most common form of dementia. It currently represents 20% of all dementias and will continue to do so within a generation.

Alzheimer’s disease – a gender specific illness?

Today, women represent 72% of all cases of Alzheimer’s disease. In the context of overall dementia, women represent 62% of cases. In comparison, women represent 47% of vascular dementia cases.

Pressure on Families

The hours of care delivered by unpaid family members are expected to more than triple, increasing from 231 million hours in 2008, to 756 million hours by 2038.

Source: Alzheimer Society,Rising Tide: The Impact of Dementia on Canadian Society conducted by RiskAnalytica.

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