Dementia has become a bone of contention for the Australian Government, with a recent Deloitte Access Economics report indicating that the number of dementia patients would get double in next 10 years. As of now, the number of dementia patients is 48,674, but the number is expected to touch 215,272 in 2050.
With the figure expected to outstrip the mark of 1 million, there are lots to worries about possible consequences. Even lack of carers is posing major problem for the Government to handle.
If the severity of the disease is to be considered, a lot of research work is required to be done by researchers across the world and that’s the reason that a financial leeway of $500 million is being called for in the next five years.
The appeal has been voiced by Alzheimer’s Australia which would start a march today to be taken to the parliament so that the Gillard Government could be reminded the dire consequences attached with dementia. With ageing population on rise, there is high possibility that dementia would attack significant proportion of Australia in the coming time and with no possible cure available, things could be very difficult to handle.
Even, it has been claimed that Hinkler, Fairfax, Fisher and Moncrieff would be the most affected state seats, which could face a daunting task ahead to rein in the predicted high dementia incidence rate.
Lest concrete measures are not being acted upon, situation in Australia could go from bad to worse in near future.