September is Dementia Month and around the globe, there is a dementia world that many live and work in:
People diagnosed with dementia
Family carers, relatives and friends.
Industry of health, caring, and advocacy services operate to work with people diagnosed with dementia: Drs, Specialists, in-home care, respite and nursing home staff, counsellors, allied health, financial planners, lawyers, advocates.
Researchers work hard at trying to find a cure for the many associated types or causes of dementia particularly Alzheimer’s disease.
Many researchers and educators work hard to find strategies and ways to support the person with dementia.
Family carer organisations support the family carer on this journey of caring for the loved one with dementia.
There are many positives in this dementia journey:
the meeting of people who care
the hope that one day discovery will see a cure for dementia syndromes
Here are some facts and figures.
- Dementia is a term used to describe different brain disorders that affect memory, thinking, behaviour and emotion.
- Early symptoms of dementia can include memory loss, difficultly performing familiar tasks, problems with language and changes in personality. View the early symptoms.
- There is currently no cure for dementia, but a range of support is available for people with dementia and their carers.
- Dementia knows no social, economic, or ethnic boundaries.
- Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia. Other causes include vascular disease, dementia with Lewy bodies and fronto-temporal dementia.
- There are currently estimated to be over 46 million people worldwide living with dementia. The number of people affected is set to rise to over 131 million by 2050.
- There is one new case of dementia worldwide every three seconds.
- The worldwide costs of dementia are estimated at US$818 billion. As a result, if dementia care were a country, it would be the world’s 18th largest economy. If it were a company, it would be the world’s largest by annual revenue exceeding Apple (US $742 billion) and Google (US $368 billion).
Dementia is often hidden away, not spoken about, or ignored at a time when the person living with dementia and their family carers are most in need of support within their families, friendship groups and communities.
The social stigma is the consequence of a lack of knowledge about dementia and it can have numerous long- and short-term effects, including:
- Dehumanisation of the person with dementia
- Strain within families and friendships
- A lack of sufficient care for people with dementia and their carers
- A lower rate of diagnosis of dementia
- Delayed diagnosis and support
The stigmatisation of dementia is a global problem and it is clear that the less we talk about dementia, the more the stigma will grow. This World Alzheimer’s Month we encourage you to find out more and play your part in reducing the stigma and improving the lives of people with dementia and their carers in your community.
https://www.dementia.org.au/ 1800 100 500
Dementia Australia Stats:
- Dementia is the second leading cause of death of Australians.
- Dementia is the leading cause of death among Australian females.
- Dementia is the third leading cause of death among Australian males.
- Three in 10 people over the age of 85 and almost one in 10 people over 65 have dementia 
- Currently an estimated 250 people are joining the population with dementia each day. The number of new cases of dementia will increase to 318 people per day by 2025 and more than 650 people by 2056