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We can’t afford to ignore Alzheimer’s disease. It has an overwhelming impact on the people who develop it, and the families who care for them.

The number of Canadians with dementia is rising sharply.

As of today, there are over half a million Canadians living with dementia - plus about 25,000 new cases diagnosed every year. By 2031, that number is expected to rise to 937,000, an increase of 66 per cent.

Canada’s health-care system is ill-equipped to deal with the staggering costs.

As of 2016, the combined health-care system and out-of-pocket caregiver costs are estimated at $10.4 billion per year. By 2031, this figure is expected to increase by 60 per cent, to $16.6 billion.

Roughly 56,000 Canadians with dementia are being cared for in hospitals, even though this in not an ideal location for care.

Canada needs a national dementia strategy – now.

Additional resources

See our Dementia numbers page for additional statistics on the impact of dementia in Canada and the world.

Visualize the impact of Alzheimer's disease in this infographic on Alzheimer's research in Canada from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

Learn more about the global impact of dementia from these international reports.

Last Updated: 06/29/2018