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RISING COSTS OF DEMENTIA

A new report has found the number of people with dementia in Australia has soared to more than 400,000 – that’s one new case every six minutes – with an estimated cost of more than $14 billion this year alone.

If nothing’s done to reduce these numbers the cost will blow out to more than $18 billion by 2025. In NSW, there are about 138,700 people with dementia and this is expected to cost $4.7 billion this year.

Dementia is one of the major chronic diseases of this century. It is already the second leading cause of death in Australia and the impact is far reaching.

In Liverpool, Holsworthy and Mulgoa there are about 3200 people with dementia, expected to increase to 4800 by 2025.

And we still don’t have a fully-funded national strategy to support people with dementia.

We need to act. If we don’t do something, the cost will continue to grow to unsustainable levels – more than $18 billion by 2025.

Dementia can be a confronting, isolating, confusing and difficult disease to live with. But sufferers are not alone. There is support at Alzheimer’s Australia on the National Dementia Helpline, 1800 100 500.

John Watkins, Chief Executive, Alzheimer’s Australia

Henry Brodaty, Scientia Professor of Ageing and Mental Health, UNSW

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