The unrelenting growth in the number of persons living with dementia has been likened to a tsunami that is impacting every aspect of life everywhere in the world.
- In Canada, more than half a million persons live with dementia and it is predicted that this number will rise to nearly 1 million by 2030.
- The cost of dementia care was estimated at $12 billion in 2020 and is projected to be $16.6 billion by 2031.
- Total out-of-pocket costs paid by Canadian caregivers of people with dementia were estimated at $1.4 billion in 2016 and are projected to rise to $2.4 billion in 2031.
There is a race against time to minimize the growth trends to achieve a more sustainable level of care and cost.
Hope for Dementia has prepared a framework to reduce the growth trends. The framework integrates strategies for the prevention, deceleration, and reversal of symptoms and proposes services that should be delivered cost effectively within the health care system.
Read more about this framework in Hope for Dementia’s white paper – Altering the forecast on the tsunami of dementia.