The numbers of people diagnosed with dementia increases every week. There are more than 353,800 people in Australia living with dementia. This number is predicted to rise by one third over the next decade. It is also estimated that more than 24,000 younger people are living with dementia.
At the same time significant numbers of Australians are experiencing homelessness.
These are people in vulnerable situations who face great challenges in accessing good brain health interventions and access to robust and appropriate dementia services and support, at a time when they need it most.
The link between dementia and the social causes of the health of homeless people are highlighted in this resource.
As part of National Science Week 2014, the Dementia Australia Dementia Research Foundation with the support of the Dementia Collaborative Research Centres, the ACT National Science Week committee, Questacon and the ABC network, organised a dementia research panel discussion titled Towards a World Without Dementia – Prevention, Cure and Care.
Paul Barclay from ABC Radio National led the panel on a discussion of questions such as how close researchers are to finding a cure for dementia? How can we reduce our risk of dementia? And where to next with dementia research?
Ita Buttrose AO, OBE - Journalist, author and National Ambassador for Dementia Australia
Scientia Professor Henry Brodaty AO - Co-Director, Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing and Dementia Collaborative Research Centre, UNSW
Professor Kaarin Anstey - Director, Centre for Research on Ageing, Health and Wellbeing and Dementia Collaborative Research Centre, ANU
Dr Zoe Terpening - Clinical Neuropsychologist, Brain and Mind Research Institute, Sydney Uni
Christine Bryden - Dementia advocate, author and living well with a diagnosis of dementia