Dementia is an umbrella term for a variety of brain disorders. Symptoms include loss of memory, judgment and reasoning, and changes in mood and behaviour. Brain function is affected enough to interfere with a person's ability to function at work, in relationships and in everyday activities.
Several conditions produce symptoms similar to dementia. These can include depression, thyroid disease, infections or drug interactions. Early diagnosis is essential to make sure that people with these conditions get the right treatment.
If the symptoms are caused by dementia, an early diagnosis will mean early access to support, information, and available treatment options.
Regardless of the type of dementia, people who have dementia and those who care for them can get information and support from the Alzheimer Society.
Dementia in Canada
- 564,000 Canadians are currently living with dementia.
- In 15 years, 937,000 Canadians will be living with dementia.
1.1 million Canadians are affected directly or indirectly by dementia.
25,000 new cases of dementia are diagnosed every year.
16,000 Canadians under the age of 65 are living with dementia.
65% of those diagnosed with dementia over the age of 65 are women.
There is a 45% greater risk of developing dementia if you smoke.
$10.4 billion is the annual cost to Canadians to care for those living with dementia.
Source: Alzheimer Society Canada - Last Updated 01/18/17