Rising Tide

Rising Tide: the Impact of Dementia on Canadian Society is the final report of an Alzheimer Society project funded by Pfizer Canada, Health Canada, Public Health Agency of Canada, Canadian Institutes of Health Research and Rx&D. The purpose of the report was to:

  • Estimate the health and economic burden of dementia in Canada over the next 30 years
  • Analyze the possible effects of intervention scenarios upon this burden
  • Demonstrate how the proposed interventions could affect the health and economic impacts of dementia in Canada
  • Review policy options
  • Make recommendations on how to address the issue

The Alzheimer Society conducted this ground-breaking research study in conjunction with RiskAnalytica, a leading firm in risk management. The data in Rising Tide were determined through RiskAnalytica's specialized Life at Risk® evaluation framework, combined with the Alzheimer Society's extensive network of leading researchers and clinicians.

The Alzheimer Society released the report in 2010 following a two-year intensive study of the impact of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.

Rising Tide alerts the Canadian public and federal, provincial and territorial politicians of the need for policies and approaches to address the looming dementia crisis. In the report, you will find four suggested interventions. They are not meant to be definitive but to serve as illustrations of how the base case can inform and shape policy in this field. The five recommendations in the report were developed through a comprehensive process of consultations with subject experts and stakeholders. The underlying message is that we must act now and that change is possible.

You can download an executive summary or the full report below.

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Last Updated: 11/08/2017