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Dementia statistics

There are more than 413,106 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 about 536,164 people with dementia by 2025 and about 1,100,890 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: February 2016

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