Thursday, 22 November 2012

Three million Australians will develop dementia by 2050

A new report commissioned by Alzheimer's Australia forecasts that three million Australians will develop dementia between 2012 and 2050. The report, Modelling the impact of interventions to delay the onset of dementia in Australia, was prepared by the Dementia Collaborative Research Centre: Assessment and Better Care at the University of New South Wales.

"Our analysis shows that if we can develop an effective intervention or treatment to delay the onset of dementia by just 5 years, we could spare close to one million people from the personal tragedy of a diagnosis of dementia," Centre Director, Scientia Professor Brodaty said.

Dementia research in Australia is significantly underfunded in comparison to other chronic diseases, and Glenn Rees, the CEO of Alzheimer's Australia, said "While the Government has made some positive moves, such as the establishment of a new Partnership Centre for research on cognitive decline, we still need an immediate injection of funds to boost the number of Australian researchers working on dementia over the next 10 years."

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