Landmark Study, Volume 2

The Many Faces of Dementia in Canada

Dementia is a major public health problem in Canada and around the world, affecting millions of people. Research indicates significant variations in the risk of development, prevalence, clinical presentation, and health outcomes across various communities in Canada, including differences in ethnicity, race, sex, gender and age.

With the rapid rise of our aging population in Canada, this is one of the first studies that seeks to better understand the many faces of dementia, so that no one is left behind and we’re able to serve their specific needs and those in their circle of care.

Understanding the unique needs and experiences of diverse communities is a key step in improving the quality of life for people with dementia and their caregivers.

In Canada, more than 650,000 people have dementia and the numbers are sharply increasing.

We need to increase awareness of the diversity of who develops dementia in Canada.

Surprising facts about dementia


Over the next 30 years, we anticipate the number of people living with dementia in Canada will grow by 187%.


By 2030, almost 1 million Canadians will live with dementia. Its impact is and will continue to be felt across all borders, sectors and cultures.


Studies shows that colonization and stress from racism can affect brain health. Addressing these factors is important in preventing or delaying onset of dementia.


Women are doubly affected (almost 2:1 dementia cases and >50% of caregivers), and by 2050 1 in 4 people with dementia will be of Asian origin.

We all have stories to share

We need everyone

Near and far, dementia touches us all, if not today then more than likely tomorrow. We have a shared responsibility to be part of the solution in tackling this wide-ranging condition.

The Alzheimer Society of Canada’s mission is to alleviate the personal and social consequences of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias and to promote the search for causes, treatments and a cure.

We are here to help

Alzheimer Society teams across Canada offer free and low-cost dementia and caregiver help, often including support groups, counselling, programs and more.

You don't need a formal diagnosis of dementia to access us. Reach your local Alzheimer Society today for help with your dementia questions.