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Dementia 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.


  • An estimated 564,000 Canadians are living with dementia.1
  • We can expect this number to rise to 937,000 in 15 years, an increase of 66 per cent.1
  • More than 65 per cent of Canadians with dementia are women aged 65 and older.1
  • The risk for dementia doubles every five years after age 65.2

The cost to Canadians

  • The combined health-care system and out-of-pocket caregiver costs total an estimated $10.4 billion per year.1
  • By 2031, this number is expected to increase by 60 per cent, to $16.6 billion.1
  • Costs for people with dementia are about five-and-a-half times greater than for those who do not have the disease.1
  • In 2011, family caregivers provided 19.2 million hours of unpaid care. That number is projected to double by 2031.1
  • The toll is considerable - up to 75 per cent of family caregivers will develop psychological illnesses and 15 to 32 per cent will suffer from depression.2

Global impact of dementia

  • As of 2015, 47.5 million people worldwide – more than the total population of Canada – are living with dementia.3
  • The global number will increase to an estimated 75.6 million in 2030, and will almost triple by 2050 to 135.5 million.3
  • Total health-care costs for people with dementia amount to more than 1 per cent of the global gross domestic product (GDP), or US$604 billion in 2010.3

1 Prevalence and Monetary Costs of Dementia in Canada (2016). Alzheimer Society of Canada.
2 Dementia: A Public Health Priority (2012). World Health Organization (WHO).
3 Dementia Fact Sheet (2015). World Health Organization (WHO).


Last Updated: 07/21/16
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