19 September 2009

New Access Economics report on Dementia statistics

'Keeping Dementia Front of Mind: Incidence and Prevalence 2009 - 2050'
Access Economics for Alzheimer’s Australia, September 2009

Planning dementia care for the future requires solid evidence. With this in mind Alzheimer's Australia commissioned Access Economics to provide up-to-date estimates and projections of prevalence and incidence for people with dementia. The projections cover the period 2009 to 2050.

This report Keeping Dementia Front of Mind: Incidence and Prevalence 2009 - 2050 has been timed to inform the Government's response to the National Health and Hospital Reform Commissions report and the decisions to be taken in the 2010 Budget on the next five years of the Dementia Initiative - Making Dementia a National Health Priority.

The number of people diagnosed with dementia is projected to increase, with the number of cases increasing from 245,400 in 2009 to 1.13 million cases by 2050.

The Report concludes that the rising prevalence of dementia will have substantial consequences for our health care system and our quality of life, with the emphasis changing strikingly from cardiovascular disease and cancer to the neurodegenerative conditions, marking an important epidemiological transition. The Report recommends that dementia should be front of mind in the Government's response to the NHHRC.

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