Prevelance of Dementia in Canada (2007)
Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia; it accounts for 64% of all dementias.
1 in 13 of all Canadians aged 65 or over have Alzheimer’s disease and/or other dementia.
1 in 50 between ages 65-74
1 in 9 between ages 75-84
1 in 3 over age 85
1 in 20 Canadians over age 65 is affected by Alzheimer’s disease.2
1 in 100 between ages 65-74
1 in 14 between ages 75-84
1 in 4 over age 85
32% of Canadians know someone with Alzheimer’s disease.3
17% of Canadians have someone with Alzheimer's disease in their immediate family
More women are affected by the disease than men; women account for over 2/3 of all those over 65 with the disease.2 Most caregivers are also women.
Currently, there are more than 24 million people in the world with dementia — this is estimated to rise to 81 million by the year 2040.
These estimates are extrapolated from 1996 incidence data. Canadian Study of Health and Aging Working Group: The Incidence of Dementia in Canada. Neurology 2000; 55: 66-73. And personal communication, November 2004, CSHA.
Canadian Study of Health and Aging Working Group: Canadian Study of Health and Aging: study methods and prevalence of dementia. Can Med Assoc J 1994; 150: 899-913. And personal communication, CSHA.
Alzheimer Society “Brain Health” Public Opinion Poll, Leger Marketing, 2006.
Dementia Projections for the Counties, Regional Municipalities, and Districts of Ontario. Robert Hopkins. revised December 2005.
Full report available online.
Hopkins figures were revised in 2005 to use prevalence data from the Canadian Study of Health and Aging (1994) and use the population data from the 2001 census.