We are pleased to share the Alzheimer Society of Canada’s new report The Many Faces of Dementia in Canada. This is the second volume of the Landmark Study, following on the September 2022 report Navigating the Path Forward for Dementia in Canada.

This report focuses on the many diverse perspectives on dementia in Canada and shares important dementia projections for several populations. The Alzheimer Society of Canada worked with many people living with dementia and care partners across the country, who have contributed their personal stories to the report.

Landmark study graphic: People living with dementia are as diverse as the different diseases and conditions that cause these brain disorders

Findings from the report include:

  • The number of people living with dementia in Canada is expected to increase by 187% from 2020 to 2050 – with more than 1.7 million people likely to be living with dementia by 2050.
  • By 2050, the number of people of Indigenous ancestry living with dementia in Canada is expected to increase by 273%, from 10,800 to 40,300.
  • By 2050, almost one out of every four people who develop dementia in Canada will be of Asian origin.
  • In 2020, an estimated 61.8% of persons living with dementia in Canada were female and more than half of care partners were women. By 2050, projections show that over 1 million women will be living with dementia in Canada.
  • Young onset dementia (people under age 65) presents distinct challenges, which often leads to delayed diagnoses and difficulty in obtaining workplace accommodations. By 2050, there could be over 40,000 people under the age of 65 living with dementia in Canada – an increase from an estimated 28,000 in 2020.
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