Facts about Dementia

December 4, 2012

One in three Canadians experience dementia. Are you one of them?

Dementia affects people, families, communities and work environments. One in three of us either have dementia, are caring or supporting a person with dementia, or know someone with dementia.

In 2008 there were approximately 19,500 diagnosed cases of dementia in Manitoba. Alarming considering that the average diagnosis takes between four-to-seven years after on-set!

Did you know…

  • that the number of diagnosed dementia cases in Manitoba is forecasted to double by 2038 with the advancing ages of baby boomers
  • that informal caregivers supplied 9 million dollars in “unpaid” help to people experiencing dementia in 2008 and that this number is expected to reach 22 million by 2038
  • that 40 per cent of Canadians aged 55-84 years reported that almost 40 per cent of the “never retired” workers financial plans for retirement were less than adequate (Canadian Community Health Survey (CCHS)
  • that almost 20 per cent of “never-retired” or “returned to work” employees report problems with memory/cognition

If you have any questions about dementia, supporting someone with a diagnosis, or seeking support for yourself in your caregiving journey, contact the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba.  We are here to help!

Submitted by Maria Mathews of the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba.

* RRC is running a Lunch and Learn series on December 10th on “Alzheimer’s Disease & Dementia: The Realities of Rising Tide & Dementia in the Workplace”.  Learn more about trends in dementia-care, what it means for you, your family and your workplace. Please Register as seating is limited.