Rising Tide: The Impact of Dementia on Canadian Society

Rising Tide: The Impact of Dementia on Canadian SocietyThe number of people across the globe with dementia is climbing, and as baby boomers age, dementia is becoming a worldwide health crisis.

Recognising the urgent need to take action, the Alzheimer Society partnered with RiskAnalytica to conduct a two-year intensive study, Rising Tide: the Impact of Dementia on Canadian Society (2010).

The final report:

  • Summarizes the current and projected economic and social costs of dementia in Canada over the next 30 years
  • Reviews current policies and strategies both in Canada and around the globe
  • Analyzes the possible effects of four intervention scenarios:
    • Increasing physical activity
    • Delay onset of dementia
    • Caregiver training, support
    • System navigation
  • Makes five recommendations on how to address the issue:
    1. An accelerated investment in all areas of dementia research
    2. A clear recognition of the important role played by informal caregivers
    3. An increased recognition of the importance of prevention and early intervention
    4. Greater integration of care and increased use of chronic disease prevention and management
    5. A strengthening of Canada's dementia workforce

Download the executive summary or full report:

Rising Tide: The Impact of Dementia on Canadian Society - Executive Summary (PDF, 24 pages, 3.48 MB)

Rising Tide: The Impact of Dementia on Canadian Society (PDF, 65 pages, 3.71 MB)

What can you do to help?

Rising Tide demonstrates that Canadians must call on their federal, provincial and local governments to rise to the challenge of the dementia epidemic. Learn how you can take action.

The Rising Tide project was made possible with contributions from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Public Health Agency of Canada, Health Canada, Pfizer Canada and Rx&D.

Last Updated: 11/08/2017