Australian Ageing Agenda: 26 June 2009
Dementia is not just a concern for aged care providers but a pressing public health issue, according to the CEO of Alzheimer’s Australia.
Glenn Rees told a summit on Australia’s ageing population that dementia is a chronic condition that requires coordinated care planning.
The number of people with dementia is set to double by 2030 and without immediate government action, this could have serious effects on the health system.
Mr Rees told the forum that there should be a bigger focus on dementia in primary and acute care, noting that hospitals can be “dangerous” places for people with dementia. … > full story
- Glen Rees, Dementia: The Priorities – responding to the needs of Australians of all ages; Australia’s Ageing Populations Summit, 25 – 26 June 2009
Related Alzheimer’s Australia Papers:
- Paper Number 17 Respite Care for People Living with Dementia: "It's more than just a short break" (May 2009)
- Making choices - Future dementia care: projections, problems and preferences (April 2009)