There are more than 400,000 people in Australia with dementia. Of those people, about 55% are women. More than 50% of residents in Australian residential aged care facilities have dementia. Here are some more facts and figures about dementia.
- Nearly 1 in 10 people over 65 have dementia.
- It's thought that there will be more than 589,000 people with dementia by 2028 and over a million by 2058.
- Dementia is the single greatest cause of disability in Australians over the age of 65 years, and the third leading cause of disability burden overall.
- Dementia is the second leading cause of death in Australia and the leading cause of death among Australian females.
- On average, the signs and symptoms of dementia are noticed by families three years before a firm diagnosis is made.
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Last reviewed: October 2018