Dementia statistics and epidemiology

Dementia statistics and epidemiology

Dementia is one of the fastest growing conditions in Australia, with incidence expected to rise steadily in coming years.

Dementia statistics in Australia - a snapshot

  • There are an estimated 487,500 Australians living with dementia  [1]
  • This number is expected to increase to 590,000 by 2028  [1]
  • Without a medical breakthrough the number of people with dementia is expected to reach 1,076,000 by 2058 [1]
  • There are approximately 28,800 people in Australia with younger onset dementia (a diagnosis of dementia under the age of 65 [1]
  • Dementia is the second leading cause of death in Australia [1]
  • On average symptoms of dementia are noticed by families three years before a firm diagnosis is made *

* The time between onset of dementia symptoms and diagnosis is often prolonged, leading to years of uncertainty for patients and their families. Research has shown that the average time from first symptoms to diagnosis, - as reported by informants/family - is between 1 and 3 years with symptoms recorded in general practitioners’ medical records as early as 5 years before diagnosis

[1]  Key facts and statistics