Return to First QuestionsWhat are some quick facts on dementia in Canada?
- 564,000 Canadians are living with dementia – almost 40,000 are Albertans.
- Women over the age of 65 represent 65 per cent of the current number of Canadians with dementia.
- 16,000 Canadians under the age of 65 are living with dementia.
- 25,000 new cases of dementia are diagnosed each year.
- Age is the biggest risk factor for dementia. After age 65, the risk doubles every five years.
- The annual cost of caring for dementia in Canada (direct and indirect) is $10.4 billion
- In Alberta, costs related to dementia are more than $ 1.2 billion.
- Three out of four Canadians know someone with dementia.
- Dementia can be present in the brain for up to 25 years before symptoms appear.