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Dementia Guide Released As Illness Rises In Australia

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The number of Australians living with dementia is on the rise according to Dementia Australia.

Updated figures show that in 2020 the number of Australians estimated to be living with dementia has increased to 459,000.

Without a medical breakthrough the number of Australians with dementia is expected to be more than one million by 2058.

As the number of people living with dementia in Australia increases, so does the number of people who provide support. 

Almost 1.6 million people are estimated to be involved in the care of someone living with dementia.

Released Wednesday, The Dementia Guide is relevant for anyone living with, or impacted by dementia.

The Guide can help people learn about dementia, treatments, and available support and services.

Bobby Redman, who lives with dementia and is a member of the Dementia Australia Advisory Committee, said the guide is a great resource for anyone.

“This guide is a great starting point for anyone living with or caring for someone with dementia,” Ms Redman said.

“It is especially useful for the newly diagnosed to help to gain an understanding of how to continue to lead a productive life.”

Dementia Australia CEO Maree McCabe said with the prevalence of dementia growing every year, there will be increased demand for understanding this disease.

“If you have been diagnosed with dementia, there are many ways you can plan for your future, including how to access services to support you, and to live well for as long as possible,” Ms McCabe said.

“This guide can assist in finding the right path and it may also be useful for friends, families and carers of people living with dementia, as it contains information about the impact dementia may have on a person, the support and services they may need, and the support and services available to anyone taking on a caring role.”

The Dementia Guide is available to download for free online, or for readers to request a printed copy, at www.dementia.org.au/resources/the-dementia-guide.