On September 6th, the Alzheimer Society of Canada launched the first in a series of three reports known as The Landmark Study. These reports represent the first significant update on Canada’s dementia landscape and projections on the future since the Rising Tide report was first published in 2010.
The first report, titled “Navigating the Path Forward for Dementia in Canada” includes forecasts on the number of people in Canada expected to be living with dementia over the next three decades. This includes national breakdowns based on gender and type of dementia, as well as forecasts for each province. The study also looks at the many impacts of Canada’s ageing population on care partners, who are often family members of people living with dementia.
The report outlines steps that governments at all levels, as well as individuals, can take to help reduce the risk of becoming a person living with dementia. It details that delaying the onset of dementia by even one year will offer significant benefits to our healthcare system and the people who serve as care partners.
Written by Dr. Joshua Armstrong, a researcher at the Alzheimer Society of Canada, the first volume of the report is available now on the Alzheimer Society of Canada’s website. Subsequent reports, one that will look at the relationship between ethnicity and dementia, and another that will examine economic costs associated with dementia, will be released later this year.
To learn more and read the report, visit alzheimer.ca/Landmark-Study