Dementia by the numbers
Today, 181,000 Ontarians have dementia, Dementia prevalence in Local Health Integration Networks (LHINS) a number that is expected to rise 40% to 255,000 by 2020, ten short years away.
The annual total economic burden (including direct, indirect and opportunity costs) of dementia in Ontario is expected to increase by more than $770 million per year through 2020. *Costs include the direct costs of health care services, the opportunity costs of caregiving's impact on the ability to work, and the indirect costs of lost productivity and lost wages.
Today, families and friends spend 87.1 million unpaid hours caring for people with dementia. By 2020, they'll be offering 144 million hours, an increase of 65%.
All LHINS show an increase in dementia prevalence, ranging from 13% to a compelling 42% spike.