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 government-subsidised aged care facilities have dementia. Here are some more facts and figures about dementia.
- About 1.2 million people in Australia are involved in the care of someone with dementia.
- It's thought that there will be more than 500,000 people with dementia by 2025 and over a million by 2056.
- 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.
- On average, the signs and symptoms of dementia are noticed by families three years before a firm diagnosis is made.
Last reviewed: October 2017