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Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People and dementia: a review of the research

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People and dementia: a review of the research by Alzheimer's Australia outlines the prevalence of dementia and modifiable risk factors in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people experience dementia at an earlier age then the general population and this, combined with the steadily growing number of older Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, will result in the number of people effected by dementia growing significantly in the coming years.

Although higher rates of dementia have been reported in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, the disease is often overlooked by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, health workers and service providers. Geographical constraints in the provision of services, a lack of education and awareness in communities and by health workers and the prevalence of other chronic diseases have all posed considerable barriers to the recognition of dementia as an emerging health issue.

The report adds to a strong evidence base on the subject, which has led Alzheimer's Australia to produce a suite of resources on Indigenous dementia including DVDs, newsletters and other reports and resources.

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