The number of Canadians with dementia is rising sharply.
As of today, there are over half a million Canadians living with Alzheimer's disease or another form of dementia – and about 25,000 new cases are diagnosed every year. By 2031, this number will nearly double. That’s less than 12 years away.
Alzheimer’s disease is already the seventh-leading cause of death in Canada, and it will only continue to grow as a significant public health concern.
Not only that...dementia is an expensive disease. Canada’s health-care system is not equipped to deal with the staggering costs.
As of 2016, the cost to care for those with dementia is currently estimated at $10.4 billion. 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.
But...a fully-funded national dementia strategy will help us
We can’t afford to ignore dementia. It has an overwhelming impact on the Canadians who develop it, their families and caregivers in our communities.
With a comprehensive national dementia strategy, we can ensure that the growing number of Canadians living with dementia receive the care and support they deserve, today and in the future.
A fully-funded strategy will allow Canada to meet the challenges of dementia with a coordinated, focused approach to care and research.
Here are a few Canadians who are calling for a fully-funded national dementia strategy:
Here's how you can help
The next Canadian federal election will take place on October 21, 2019. Help us make the national dementia strategy a top issue in this election by talking to your local candidates for Member of Parliament (MP).
Write to your local MP candidates today, and ask for a fully-funded national dementia strategy. If you need help, use our letter-writing tool below.