/ 21 September 2021

Dementia cases set to double by 2058

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Image source: Unsplash

That’s according to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, which yesterday released its first major report on the disease since 2012. With more than 400,000 Aussies estimated to be living with dementia, that number is expected to jump to 850,000 by 2058 as Australia’s population ages – that is, unless a major treatment or cure is found. It poses a significant economic and social challenge with dementia costing the economy about $3 billion every year. And for patients receiving care at home, the report found some 337,200 Aussies provide unpaid care, usually at their own expense. It’s also a huge problem for Indigenous communities in remote or regional areas where dementia rates are among the highest in the world. All that’s on top of the emotional toll the disease takes on patients and their families. Bring on those treatments/cures…

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