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Disease numbers in Canada

The Alzheimer Society of Canada is committed to providing accurate and reliable data on Alzheimer’s disease and dementia in Canada. Statistics listed on this page are the most current available and are updated periodically when new reports and studies are issued.

5%

The percentage of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research’s budget invested in dementia research

45%

The greater your risk of developing dementia if you smoke

65%

Of those diagnosed with dementia over the age of 65 are women

16,000

The number of Canadians under the age of 65 living with dementia

25,000

The number of new cases of dementia diagnosed every year

56,000

The number of Canadians with dementia being cared for in hospitals even though this is not an ideal location for care

564,000

Canadians are currently living with dementia

937,000

The number of Canadians who will be living with the disease in 15 years

1.1 million

The number of Canadians affected directly or indirectly by the disease

$10.4 billion

The annual cost to Canadians to care for those living with dementia

For more information:

Full report – Prevalence and Monetary Costs of Dementia in Canada, Alzheimer Society of Canada (2016)
Report summary – Prevalence and Monetary Costs of Dementia in Canada: A Report by the Alzheimer Society of Canada (2016)
Sources – Reference for Dementia numbers in Canada