Dementia in Alberta

Dementia is becoming one of the most costly chronic diseases, and second largest cause of disability, in people over the age of 70.

Because dementia robs individuals of their ability to live independently, it also affects their caregivers, families, communities and society as a whole

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5 million

In 2008, caregivers provided more than 18 million hours of unpaid care to Albertans living with dementia. This is expected to increase to 68 million hours of unpaid care by 2038.

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In Alberta, it is believed that 1 in 3 seniors will die with dementia. 


In 2016, just over 42,000 Albertans (about 1% of the population) have been diagnosed and are living with dementia. If nothing changes, this number is expected to increase to more than 155,000 within 30 years.

Have you met Tusk?

Tusk: The Care Navigation Tool helps caregivers of people living with dementia to navigate their complex, stressful, and uncertain journey.

Learn more about how the Dementia Association for Awareness and Support is using Tusk to help caregivers help their loved ones.