Dementia is a significant and growing health and aged care issue in Australia that has a substantial impact on the health and quality of life of people with the condition, as well as for their family and friends. The Dementia in Australia: 2021 Summary report provides the most up-to-date statistics on dementia as at September 2021, relating to:

  • Population health impacts of dementia, including prevalence, deaths and burden of disease
  • Carers of people with dementia
  • Health  and aged care services used by people with dementia
  • Health and aged care expenditure on dementia
  • Dementia among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds

The summary report also explains what dementia is and what the risk factors are for dementia. It also presents a personal account of what it is like to care for a loved one with dementia.

Additional findings, interactive data and information about dementia, support services and aged care programs can be found in the online Dementia in Australia report. Important information about data sources and methodologies to derive statistics are also explained in the online report.

This Summary report is a snapshot of the key findings and statistics on dementia as at September 2021. However, the Dementia in Australia online report will be updated as new data and statistics become available, and readers should refer to the online report for the latest data and information.