By 2050 the number of people over 60 is expected to double globally according to the new “World report on ageing and health 2015” released by the World Health Organisation (WHO). The number of people living with dementia in Australia is expected to reach almost 900,000 by this date.
Alzheimer’s Australia CEO, Carol Bennett said “it is very encouraging to see that what the WHO’s report is calling for, is so closely aligned with what Alzheimer’s Australia has been advocating for - a National Dementia Strategy for Australia.
“This report highlights the need to equip our health system so these extra years are healthy, meaningful and dignified not only for people living with dementia, but all ageing Australians.”
The report calls for comprehensive public health action on population ageing targeting:
- prevention and reducing the burden of excess disabilities, chronic disease and premature mortality
- reducing risk factors associated with major diseases and increasing factors that protect health throughout the life course
- developing a continuum of affordable, accessible, high-quality and age-friendly health and social services that address the needs and rights of people as they age
- providing training and education to caregivers
“We believe dementia is the most significant of the chronic diseases that will face Australia in decades to come, so we support any strategy that helps the prevention of chronic disease and promotes age-friendly societies.
“If this fundamental shift in ageing and health is adopted, we will be one step closer to creating inclusive and age-friendly societies where people with dementia are encouraged to maintain their social connections and live well, in their own communities, free from fear or stigma.” Ms Bennett said.
Click here to view the full: "World report on ageing and health 2015"
(The National Dementia Helpline is an Australian Government Initiative) fightdementia.org.au