De­men­tia on the rise in the Euroa elec­torate

Euroa Gazette - - NEWS -

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.fight­de­men­ au,” Ms Ryan said.

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