Dementia currently affects over half a million Canadians. By 2030, this will nearly double to 912,000. Alzheimer’s disease (AD), the most common cause of dementia, is the eighth leading cause of death in Canada, killing over 6,000 Canadians every year. In 2021, AD and other dementias will cost Canada an estimated $11.3 billion in both direct and indirect expenses. This is projected to rise to $16.6 billion by 2030.
People living with dementia have waited a long time for new treatments. Now, the era of disease-modifying therapies could transform Alzheimer’s care. “Race Against Time: Enabling Access to Alzheimer’s Treatments” looks at what’s needed to help Canada prepare for the looming dementia crisis.