More evidence of the nation’s rising dementia crisis

Media Release

Tuesday 8 March 2016

More evidence of the nation’s rising dementia crisis

The new report Forecasting Dementia in 2050 has been described by its developers as "enough to shock people into action".

The findings by The University of Canberra’s National Center for Social and Economic Modelling (NATSEM) identify that by 2050 the number of people living with dementia will rise to almost one million. This research is based on population growth, ageing and tracking factors for dementia in the population.

Alzheimer’s Australia National President, Professor Graeme Samuel said we have seen two pieces of evidence today that reinforce what we already know, that dementia is set to rise to unacceptably high numbers that will impact socially and economically on every community across Australia.

"The new report by NATSEM as well as the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ Causes of Death Report updated today, indicate that dementia is set to rise exponentially and remains the second leading cause of death in Australia.

"These highlight why we need to ensure we have a coordinated and strategic response to curb the rising rates of dementia and provide support to those who are currently living with the condition, as well as the thousands more who will develop dementia by 2050.

"Equally important is our continued effort to research a cure for this debilitating condition," Professor Samuel said.

The NATSEM report examines important contributing factors to dementia prevalence such as age, gender and lifestyle factors.

Alzheimer’s Australia National CEO Carol Bennett said, "it is important that we can predict the impact dementia will have on communities and individuals into the future, in order to tailor our responses to meet demands."

"This is why Alzheimer’s Australia is working to develop and encourage dementia-friendly environments and evidence-based care that focuses on quality of life and appropriate support for people with dementia," Ms Bennett said.

Australian Bureau of Statistics: Causes of Death, Australia, 2014

Media enquiries:

Bianca Armytage | 0407 019 430 | bianca.armytage@dementia.org.au


Alzheimer’s Australia is the peak body representing people with dementia and their families and carers. It provides advocacy, support services, education and information. More than 353,800 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


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