Dementia on the rise in the Euroa electorate
THE number of people with dementia in the Euroa electorate is set to reach 7689 by 2050 according to the latest research commissioned by Alzheimer’s Australia.
Member for Euroa and Deputy Leader of the Nationals Steph Ryan said the projections showed an increase of 526 per cent in the Euroa electorate over the next 34 years.
“Victoria wide, one person every six minutes is diagnosed with dementia,” Ms Ryan said.
“In the Euroa electorate there are currently 1228 people living with dementia and this number is forecast to grow at an annual rate of 5.5 per cent.
“This is an alarming trend and must be taken seriously.”
Ms Ryan said it was important that all levels of government looked at what they could do to ensure they were prepared for this increase.
“Those suffering from dementia and their families face huge challenges when it comes to care and support,” Ms Ryan said.
“Many of these people will include those with younger onset dementia which is any form of dementia affecting people under the age of 65.
“The latest figures show that younger onset dementia affects about 25,100 Australians.
“It is also more likely that those with early onset dementia will enter care a lot earlier than those who develop dementia in later life.
“I cannot imagine the difficulty of watching a loved one enter care when they might be in their forties or fifties.
“The development of dementia specific facilities will give families the security of knowing their loved one is well cared for.”
Ms Ryan said more information was available on Alzheimer’s Australia’s Fight Dementia website.
“You can learn more about dementia, what support is available and what you can do to support finding a cure or other people who have dementia at www.fightdementia.org. au,” Ms Ryan said.