For the first time in our nation’s history, there are more seniors than children in Canada.
This means that more seniors are being diagnosed with dementia—as well as Alzheimer’s disease.
In fact, statistics from the Alzheimer Society of Canada show that the number of Canadians with dementia is rising sharply:
- Currently, over half a million Canadians live with dementia
- 25,000 new cases are diagnosed every year across the country
- By 2031, the number of Canadians with dementia will rise 66% to 937,000
What are your chances of being affected?
You are probably wondering what these national statistics mean for you on a personal level—whether as a senior citizen or a caring family member.
Unfortunately, the chances of you being affected by dementia or Alzheimer’s are already quite high.
- Today, 1 in 20 people in Canada age 65 have Alzheimer’s; and
- That number increases to 1 in 4 by age 85.
Even more concerning is that within little more than a decade, there will be a significant jump in the number of cases of dementia and Alzheimer’s than ever before.
So now what?
If you have an aging parent, you may be starting to see signs—but not sure what those signs actually mean.
You may be wondering, “how do I know if my mom or dad has dementia or Alzheimer’s disease?”
It’s never too early to start planning a move
Many people with dementia or Alzheimer’s require specialized medical support that they wouldn’t necessarily be able to access at home.
As such, it’s always a good idea to consider the “what’s next”—that is, finding them a residence that will best care for them.
And not only that—there are many benefits to moving your parent into a retirement residence sooner than later before their health gets worse.