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DEMENTIA STATISTICS

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Global Stats:

  • Alzheimer Disease Statistics44 million people worldwide now have some form of dementia
  • Internationally nearly 60% of people still believe dementia is a normal part of aging

National Stats:

  • Over 747,000 Canadians currently living with dementia
  • A new case every 5 minutes
  • 1 in 11 Canadians over age 65 has dementia
  • 1 in 3 Canadians knows someone with dementia
  • 10% of Canadians with dementia under 65 (early onset)

Local Stats:

  • 15,000 people on Vancouver Island with dementia (Victoria = 5,210)
  • 18% of Victoria population over 65, national average is only 14%

Caring; where & who does it:

  • There are at least 2 caregivers typically for every person with dementia = 1.5 million caregivers
  • 70% of those with dementia live at home cared for by family members & friends
  • 20% of those with dementia living at home have no one living with them
  • More than a third of people with dementia only leave their homes once a week

How it affects Caregivers:

  • Family & friends provide 10x care hours of professional care workers (4 billion + hours of care)
  • 60% of caregivers don't outlive their loved ones with dementia
  • 70% of caregivers are also working

The Financial Effects:

  • 25% of caregivers experience economic hardship
  • Caregivers assume 80% of the responsibility of caring financial & otherwise
  • Canada spends $33 billion dollars on dementia annually

Compared to other diseases:

  • Dementia is the second most frightening disease behind cancer
  • Dementia is now the 6th leading cause of death
  • Dementia kills more people than BREAST & PROSTATE Cancers combined
  • Only cause of death among the top 10 that cannot be:
    - Prevented
    - Cured
    - Slowed

 



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