Prevalence of Dementia in Canada
Over 432,000 seniors above the age of 65 live with diagnosed dementia in Canada, 65% of whom are women. According to data from the Canadian Institute for Health Information, dementia is s prevalent as heart failure and more prevalent than stroke among Canadians aged 80 and older.
Dementia Statistics in Canada
- According to the most recent data on dementia in Canada (2016-2017), over 432,000 seniors above the age of 65 live with diagnosed dementia in Canada, 65% of whom are women.
- The prevalence rate of dementia among seniors is broken down by age groups as follows:
- As per the national data on the prevalence and incidence of dementia in Canada, the percentage of seniors living with dementia went up by 9% in ten years.
- When the data is broken down, it reveals that about 9 people over the age of 65 in Canada are diagnosed with dementia every hour.
- According to data obtained from the Canadian Chronic Disease Surveillance System (CCDSS) in April 2018 (excluding Saskatchewan), "the risk of being diagnosed with dementia doubles with every 5 year increase in age, between the ages of 65 and 84" and "the all-cause mortality rate in seniors with diagnosed dementia is 4.4 times higher than that of seniors without."
- The number of seniors living with dementia in Canada has increased by 83% between 2002 and 2013, and it is expected that in 20 years, the population of people living with dementia will double due to the rapid population growth and the aging population.
- According to the Public Health Agency of Canada and CIHI, around 76,000 new cases of dementia are diagnosed in Canada every year, representing about 14.3 new cases per 1,000 people 65 and older.
- The prevalence of dementia among Canadians aged 80 and older is the same as the prevalence of heart failure and is more prevalent than stroke
- According to the most recent data available, seniors over the age of 65 are the most affected by dementia as the number of people aged 65 and over living with Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia has been rising steadily.
- As per the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI), the prevalence of dementia among Canadians younger than 65 is low at only 3% of the total number of people living with dementia in Canada.
- Statistics show that 54% of the 2,481 patients younger than 65 that were diagnosed with dementia were male.
Other Dementia Insights in Canada
- According to the Alzheimer Society of Canada and PHAC estimates that the total healthcare costs incurred in the care for people with dementia are 5.5 times higher than the costs for those without dementia.
- The National Population Health Study of Neurological Conditions projects that by 2031, the total annual health care costs for Canadians with dementia will be double from $8.3 billion in 2011 to $16.6 billion in 2031.
- Canadians under the age of 65 that are diagnosed with dementia tend to stay longer in the hospital since it's difficult to find age-appropriate services and appropriate home-support devices for younger patients.
To provide data on the prevalence of dementia in Canada, we searched through government databases and health industry data sources such as the Canadian Chronic Disease Surveillance System (CCDSS), the Public Health Agency of Canada, the Alzheimer's Society of Canada, the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI), among other sources.
We have used the most accurate and most recently available data and statistics garnered from the above sources. Most of the data is not current and was collected from 2014 to 2017. However, all the sources we used quote it as the most recent data available, and it's even used and disseminated by the government of Canada as the most recent data on dementia.