Areas of Focus
Every year, almost 20% of older adults in Canada will experience symptoms of emotional distress such as anxiety or low mood that will be difficult to cope with, and about 6% of older Canadians have a diagnosed anxiety disorder. Anxiety is not a normal part of aging.
Currently over 600,000 Canadians are diagnosed with dementia and 125,000 more are diagnosed each year. While it is often thought of as changes to memory or thinking, changes in people's mood and their behaviour also occur in over 80% of people diagnosed with dementia.
Social Isolation and Loneliness
In Canada, older adults are facing growing rates of social isolation and loneliness. This can hurt both their physical and mental health. But loneliness and isolation are not an unavoidable part of aging. Working together, we can strengthen social connections to help maintain good health.