2 September 2009

Dementia cases predicted to soar - New Access Economics Report

Dementia - the major disease of this century
1 September 2009: Alzheimer’s Australia
  • New report predicts over 1.1 million Australians with dementia by 2050
  • By 2020 there will be 75,000 baby boomers with dementia
  • Dementia is on track to become the largest source of health and aged care spending

A new report has found that the number of Australians with dementia is expected to quadruple to more than 1.1 million people by 2050, according to Glenn Rees, Chief Executive Officer of Alzheimer's Australia. “Without a significant medical breakthrough, the number of

Australians with dementia is expected to increase from 245,000 in 2009 to 591,000 in 2030 and again to a staggering 1,130,000 by 2050,” Mr Rees said. “Every week there are more than 1,300 new cases of dementia. By 2030 there will be more than 3,600 and by 2050, about 7,400 new cases each week. The dementia epidemic is here. Dementia is a fatal disease and as yet there is no cure.”

The figures are contained in a report commissioned by Alzheimer's Australia from Access Economics – Keeping Dementia Front of Mind: Incidence and Prevalence 2009 – 2050. > full media release : Alzheimer’s Australia NSW Media Release and Summary at a Glance : Alzheimer’s Australia Vic Media Release

Keeping Dementia Front of Mind: Incidence and Prevalence 2009 – 2050

Other media coverage:

Dementia cases predicted to soar
ABC News: 1 September 2009
An Alzheimer's Australia report says the number of Australians with dementia will quadruple to more than 1.1 million people by 2050.

There are currently almost 250,000 people living with dementia in Australia. The first baby boomers turn 65 next year, and by 2020 there will be 75,000 baby boomers with dementia.

The new figures are a substantial increase from predictions four years ago and Alzheimer's Australia chief Glenn Rees says the ageing population is to blame. > full news story

Dementia Cases Predict to Soar
ABC Radio: 1 September 2009
Alzheimer's Australia CEO Glenn Rees speaks with 666 presenter Alex Sloan about a new report forecasting a rise in the number of dementia cases. > listen to radio interview (11:25) watch HealthWatch (3:40 - expires 9 Decmeber 2009)

Dementia Study
Radio National Breakfast AM: 1 September
A new report, released by Access Economics, estimates that 1.1 million Australians will suffer from dementia by the year 2050. The report, commissioned by Alzheimer's Australia, calls for greater government funding for research and services for those with the disease. Reporter Melinda Genner and Professor Peter Schofield, CEO of the Prince of Wales Medical Research Institute > listen to radio interview (7:23)

updated: 7 December 2009

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