Dementia cases projected to double by 2054

New data from Dementia Australia projects a significant rise in dementia cases, nearly doubling by 2054.

The research, conducted by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, indicates a 93% increase in dementia prevalence over the next 30 years, with approximately 421,000 Australians currently affected, expected to rise to 812,500 by 2054.

Dementia is already the second leading cause of death in Australia and is likely to become the primary cause.

“It is one of the most significant health and social challenges facing Australia and the world”

Dementia Australia CEO Maree McCabe AM

This escalation underscores the urgent need for expanded support services for individuals with dementia, their families, and caregivers.

Dementia Australia stresses the importance of awareness and early intervention, offering a 24/7 helpline for assistance. The National Dementia Helpline is 1800 100 500.

The report forecasts varying growth rates across Australian states and territories, with Western Australia, the Northern Territory, and the Australian Capital Territory projected to experience the highest increases.


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