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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, including Alzheimer’s disease, is rising sharply.

As of 2011, there are 747,000 Canadians living with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias and that number is expected to double to 1.4 million by 2031.

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

Today, the combined direct (medical) and indirect (lost earnings) costs of dementia total $33 billion per year. By 2040, this figure will skyrocket to $293 billion per year.

Pressures on family caregivers are mounting.

In 2011 alone, family caregivers spent 444 million unpaid hours looking after someone with dementia. That’s the equivalent of $11 billion in lost income and 227,760 full-time jobs. By 2040, they will be devoting a staggering 1.2 billion unpaid hours per year.

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.

Rising Tide: The Impact of Dementia on Canadian Society, a report by the Alzheimer Society of Canada, sounded the alarm on Canada's dementia crisis.

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

Last Updated: 11/08/2017