Did you know almost half a million Australians live with dementia? Many people are surprised to hear this, but dementia is very prevalent in Australia.
On top of the half a million people living with dementia, more than 1.6 million Australians are involved in the care of people living with dementia.
So, there is a very strong chances you know someone living with or impacted by dementia.
The impact of dementia is huge
In spite of how prevalent dementia is, many people are unaware about the impact it has on the health of Australians and on the economy.
Dementia is the second leading cause of death in Australia, and the leading cause of death in women. In 2018, dementia was estimated to cost the nation more than $18 billion.
Dementia isn’t a normal part of aging, but it becomes more common as we get older. With an ageing of the population, the prevalence and impact of dementia will continue to grow.
Without a medical breakthrough, the number of Australians living with dementia is expected to grow to over one million by 2058, and to more than one million by 2058. The impact on the economy is expected to increase to $18.7 billion by 2025, and to more than $36 billion by 2056.
The size of the problem is huge, but dementia remains largely misunderstood by the public. Sadly, this misunderstanding often leads to the discrimination of people living with dementia, and those caring for them.
The more people understand about dementia, the less discrimination there will be and the better we can support people living with dementia.
More stats that may surprise you
Here are some more stats on dementia you may be surprised to learn:
- Three in 10 people over the age of 85 and almost one in 10 people over 65 have dementia
- In 2020, there were an estimated 27,800 people with younger onset dementia, expected to rise to 41,250 people by 2058 and 41,250 people by 2058
- Every three seconds someone in the world develops dementia
- Dementia is the single greatest cause of disability in older Australians (aged 65 years or older) and the third leading cause of disability burden overall
- People living with dementia account for more than 50% of all residents in residential aged care facilities
- Dementia affects almost 50 million people worldwide, which is predicted to increase to 131.5 million people by 2050
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