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Dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, was the second leading cause of death in Australian women in 2012, according to figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics today.
The figures, contained in the report Causes of Death, Australia, 2012 also show that deaths from dementia and Alzheimer’s disease continue to increase.
Dementia remained the third leading cause of death among all Australians, behind heart disease and Cerebrovascular diseases, according to the report.
Alzheimer’s Australia CEO Glenn Rees said: “We must invest in research into how and why this insidious condition affects the brain in the way that it does and to try to find some way to stop the disease once it starts, or prevent it from happening in the first instance.
“Research has provided some hope, telling us preventative health strategies can be adopted to reduce a person’s risk of developing dementia.
“Simple lifestyle factors including regular exercise, following a healthy diet, remaining mentally and socially active all play a part in a person’s brain health.”
For further information about brain health, visit www.yourbrainmatters.org.au
Alzheimer’s Australia is the charity for people with dementia and their families and carers. As the peak body, it provides advocacy, support services, education and information.
More than 332,000 people have dementia in Australia. This number is projected to reach more than half a million by 2030.
National Dementia Helpline: 1800 100 500
An interpreter service is available
(The National Dementia Helpline is an Australian Government Initiative)
Dementia is a National Health Priority Area www.fightdementia.org.au
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