Dementia is not a specific disease; rather, it is a group of conditions characterised by the gradual impairment of brain function. It commonly affects people’s ability to think, remember and reason, as well as affecting their personality and impairing other core brain functions such as language and movement. The condition is degenerative and irreversible.
More reports and statistics on dementia can be found under Aged care, Older people and Palliative care services.
Australians aged 65 and over had dementia in 2016
of people with dementia are aged 85 and over
Australians were estimated to have dementia in 2016
of people in permanent residential aged care had dementia
deaths per year are due to dementia—it is the second leading cause of death in Australia
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