The number of people with dementia in the Euroa electorate is set to reach 7689 by 2050 according to the latest research commissioned by Alzheimers Australia
Member for Euroa and Deputy Leader of the Nationals Steph Ryan said the projections showed an increase of 526 per cent in the Euroa electorate during the next 34 years.
‘‘Victoria-wide, one person every six minutes is diagnosed with dementia,’’ Ms Ryan said.
‘‘In the Euroa electorate there are currently 1228 people living with dementia and this number is forecast to grow at an annual rate of 5.5 per cent.
‘‘This is an alarming trend and must be taken seriously.’’
Ms Ryan, who is supporting Benalla’s largest aged care facility Cooinda in an application to the Federal Government for funding to build a new 28-bed wing to replace ageing hostel-style accommodation and a 10-bed group home offering people living with dementia ‘‘home-style’’ living while they are still able to do so.
‘‘Those suffering from dementia and their families face huge challenges when it comes to care and support,’’ Ms Ryan said.
‘‘Many of these people will include those with younger-onset dementia, which is a form of dementia affecting people under the age of 65.
‘‘The latest figures show that younger-onset dementia affects about 25100 Australians.
‘‘It is also more likely that those with early-onset dementia will enter care a lot earlier than those who develop dementia in later life
‘‘I cannot imagine the difficulty of watching a loved one enter care when they might be in their 40s or 50s. The development of dementia-specific facilities like those proposed by Cooinda will give families the comfort and peace of mind of knowing their loved one is well cared for.’’
Ms Ryan said more information was available on Alzheimers Australia’s Fight Dementia website.
‘‘You can learn more about dementia, what support is available and what you can do to support finding a cure or other people who have dementia at www.fightdementia.org.au,’’ Ms Ryan said.