Alzheimer Society facts and figures
747,000 Canadians have dementia;
Nearly 200,000 Ontarians have dementia;
Over 2,600 people living in the district of Thunder Bay have dementia;
These numbers are expected to DOUBLE in the next 20 years.
For each persons with dementia, at least 12 more people are affected including family, friends and partners in care.
1 in 11 Canadians over age 65 has Alzheimer's disease or another dementia. Age remains the greatest risk factor; after age 65, the risk doubles every five years.
Research opens the doors of hope for people living with dementia. Alzheimer Society researchers, who include some of the brightest minds in Canada and around the world, have shed light on the causes of the disease, treatments that slow its progress and steps you can take to help prevent its onset.
Disease and impact
Alzheimer's disease is the most common form of dementia, affecting men and women of all races, religions and socio-economic backgrounds. It is not a normal part of aging and no one is immune.
Last Updated: 04/16/15