About Alzheimer's & Dementia

What you need to know Statistics and projected growth

Statistics and projected growth

Alzheimer's disease and other diseases that cause dementia are fatal, progressive and degenerative diseases that destroy brain cells. Diseases that cause dementia are physical diseases of the brain. They are not mental illnesses and they are not a normal part of aging. These diseases can affect anyone, regardless of race, gender, family history, occupation or social status.
Dementia is one of the most significant health crises of this century because of its rapid growth in the population and its profound social impacts.
Latest statistics
  • Currently, there are approximately 17,000 or more people in Calgary and area living with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementias
  • Dementia is not just a disease of the aged; 5-10% of people diagnosed with dementia are under the age of 65 (young/early onset)
  • 72% of people diagnosed are women. This could be attributed to the fact that women generally tend to live longer than men
  • For each person diagnosed, another 10 to 12 individuals are directly impacted
  • In 2016, more than 564,000 Canadians were living with dementia.[1]
  •  By 2031, this number is expected to rise to 937,000 and more than 65% will be women. 
  • 1 in 11 Canadians over 65 is currently living with dementia[2] and the risk for dementia doubles every five years after age 65
  • 1 in 3 Canadians over 80 years of age is living with dementia[3]
  •  In 2011, there were more than 110,000 new cases of dementia each year – or one new case diagnosed every five minutes
  •  Alzheimer’s disease has been identified as the second most feared disease by aging Canadians
  •  Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia, contributing to 64% of all cases of dementia
  •  In 2016, the cost of dementia in Canada was estimated at $10.4 billion/year.[4] This accounts for direct health costs, opportunity costs and indirect costs associated with the provision of unpaid care. Costs are projected to double by 2031. 
  • In addition, the estimated 19.2 million hours of informal unpaid caregiver time in 2011 (conservatively valued at $1.2billion) is projected to double by 2031. 
  1. [1] Prevalence and Monetary Costs of Dementia in Canada, 2015---Alzheimer Society of Canada
  1. [2] Rising Tide: The Impact of Dementia on Canadian Society, 2010, Alzheimer Society of Canada
  1. [3] Rising Tide: The Impact of Dementia on Canadian Society, 2010, Alzheimer Society of Canada
  1. [4] Prevalence and Monetary Costs of Dementia in Canada, 2015----Alzheimer Society of Canada