Homelessness and dementia
There are significant numbers of people in the homeless population with cognitive impairment, including dementia.
Yet little is known about this population or their needs.
The link between dementia and the social causes of homelessness.
The numbers of people diagnosed with dementia increases every week. It is estimated that there are almost 421,000 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 29,000 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 homelessness are highlighted in the video below produced by Dementia Australia SA.
Funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services. Visit www.dss.gov.au for more information.