Dementia in Canada

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Organization: Public Health Agency of Canada

Date published: 2017-06-21

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Including Alzheimer's disease

Dementia is the loss of mental function affecting daily activities, caused by brain diseases and brain injuries. Alzheimer's disease is the most common cause of dementia.

Symptoms can include:

  • memory loss
  • judgement and reasoning problems
  • changes in behaviour, mood, and communication abilities

With a growing and aging population, we will see more Canadians living with dementia, including Alzheimer's disease.

According to national data (2013-2014), of people 65+:

  • Over 402,000 seniors live with diagnosed dementia.
  • 2/3 are women.
  • The percentage of seniors living with dementia increased by 21% in 10 years.
  • 9 seniors are diagnosed with dementia every hour.
  • After the age of 65, the risk of being diagnosed with dementia doubles every 5 years.
  • Seniors with diagnosed dementia are 4 times more likely to die than other seniors.

Dementia is not a normal part of aging.

Causes are currently not all known. If you or your loved ones are worried about dementia, talk to your physician.

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Data source: Canadian Chronic Disease Surveillance System (CCDSS), April 2017. Data do not include Saskatchewan's data. Acknowledgements: This work was made possible through collaboration between PHAC and all Canadian provincial and territorial governments, and expert contribution from the CCDSS Neurological Conditions Working Group. This infographic was developed by PHAC; no endorsement by the provinces and territories should be inferred.

Cat.: HP35-84/1-2017E-PDF ISBN: 978-0-660-08798-6 Pub.: 170116

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