Learn about multiple sclerosis and dementia

Did you know?

  • Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias and multiple sclerosis (MS) are considered degenerative neurological conditions.
  • Persons living with these conditions often experience a loss of normal motor functioning, a change in mood, and a gradual loss of cognitive abilities.
  • There is no single test to diagnose either condition.
  • The exact cause is unknown for MS and for dementia. As a result there is no known prevention.
  • Although symptoms may be similar for those living with dementia and those living with MS, no two people with either condition are alike. Everyone is unique in the way they experience their disease.
  • Quality of life is significantly impacted for people living with either condition.
  • There is no known cure for either MS or dementia. Current medications are designed to slow the progression of the disease.
  • The Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada and the Alzheimer Society share in their mission – to find a cure and enable people affected by the disease to enhance their quality of life.
MS Dementia

Canada has the highest rate of MS in the world. 

More than 750,000 Canadians are living with dementia. 

MS is the most common neurological disease affecting young adults in their productive years; the average age of diagnosis is 31. 

In 2011, the first wave of baby boomers turned 65. The risk for dementia doubles every five years after age 65. Dementia affects individuals under the age of 65 as well, accounting for between 2 and 10 percent of all cases.

Every day, three more people in Canada are diagnosed with MS.

By 2031, the number of Canadians living with dementia will rise to 1.4 million.

There are many people in Canada and around the world living with these conditions. While we wait for a cure, we need to provide as much support to those affected by dementia and MS so they can have the best quality of life possible. Will you help?

MS resources

Dr. Paul O’Connor’s book

MS Its Effects

Mood and Cognition

MS Fatigue

Managing Pain and Sleep Issues

MS Society of Canada Library Resource here 

MS Wellness Survey - The survey focused on nutrition, physical activity and emotional wellbeing.

  • the survey results reflect the challenges people with MS face in achieving and maintaining wellness in those domains.