Updated figures show that in 2020 the number of Australians estimated to be living with dementia has increased to 459,000. Without a medical breakthrough the number of Australians with dementia is expected to be more than one million by 2058.
In the Australian Capital Territory there are an estimated 6,130 people living with dementia, which is expected to increase to an estimated 18,900 people by 2058.
As the number of people living with dementia in Australia increases, so too does the number of people who provide support. Today, almost 1.6 million people are estimated to be involved in the care of someone living with dementia.
Released today, The Dementia Guide is relevant for people of all ages living with all forms of dementia and those impacted by dementia. The Guide can assist everyone to learn about dementia, treatments, and available support and services.
Bobby Redman, who lives with dementia and is a member of the Dementia Australia Advisory Committee, said the guide is a great resource for anyone.
“This guide is a great starting point for anyone living with or caring for someone with dementia,” Ms Redman said.
“It is especially useful for the newly diagnosed to help to gain an understanding of how to continue to lead a productive life.”
Phil Hazell, the Chair of the Dementia Australia Advisory Committee, said if The Dementia Guide had been around when he was diagnosed, it would have helped him better understand the disease and its impacts.
“I so wish I had this resource when I was diagnosed with younger onset dementia. It makes it easy to understand my dementia and live well.”
Dementia Australia CEO Maree McCabe said with the prevalence of dementia growing every year, there will be increased demand for understanding this disease and what we all can do to support people living with dementia.
“If you have been diagnosed with dementia, there are many ways you can plan for your future, including how to access services to support you, and to live well for as long as possible,” Ms McCabe said.
“This guide can assist in finding the right path and it may also be useful for friends, families and carers of people living with dementia, as it contains information about the impact dementia may have on a person, the support and services they may need, and the support and services available to anyone taking on a caring role.”
The Dementia Guide is available to