Australia may suffer a dementia epidemic

dementia-epidemicAustralia may suffer a dementia epidemic

In another warning to the government by the Access Economics report there is a reminder which lays emphasis on aged care reform without acting upon which there could be a severe undersupply of care places in Australia by the year 2050.

The report predicts a dementia epidemic if any prompt action is not taken by the government. The report, Caring Places released by Alzheimer’s Australia has predicted that there is going to be a dramatic increase in the number of people who will develop dementia. It is estimated that by the year 2050 about 1 million people will suffer from the disease.

Glenn Rees, CEO of Alzheimer’s Australia explained that the rapid rise in the prevalent people living with dementia will drive the increase in demand for care places.

He added, “The issue has not been addressed in the Health Care Reforms and no additional funding has been provided in the 2010 Federal Budget for the Dementia Initiative – Making Dementia a National Health Priority, despite estimates that the prevalence of dementia will increase fourfold to about 1 million people in the next 40 years.”