25 May 2009

New Alzheimer’s Australia commissioned report: Making choices - Future dementia care: projections, problems and preferences

Looming gap means harder choices ahead for people living with dementia
Alzheimer’s Australia: 5 May 2009
Australia is facing a shortage of nearly 60,000 paid workers to care for people with dementia, and the problem will be compounded by a shortfall of 94,000 unpaid (family) carers, according to the National peak body Alzheimer’s Australia. These disturbing figures were released today in an Access Economics report commissioned by Alzheimer’s Australia.

The report, Making Choices – Future Dementia Care: Projections, Problems and Preferences, shows that the current workforce of paid and unpaid carers of people with dementia will need to increase by 76% within two decades to meet the anticipated rapid rise in demand for dementia care services. For the first time, the report also draws together surveys of carer preferences and suggests new strategies and recommendations to address the looming challenges identified in the supply of dementia care services in this country. … > full press release

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