Dementia to drive aged care shortage in Pearce
Posted on Wednesday, 23 March 2011
By the year 2050, some 2,156 people in Pearce will miss out on critical aged care services based on current government policy.
A recent report by Access Economics, commissioned by Alzheimer’s Australia, predicts Pearce will experience a shortage of Aged Care places with the significant shortfall largely due to the increasing number of people with dementia and those aged over 85.
At present about 60 per cent of people in nursing homes have dementia and the number of Australians with dementia is expected to reach one million by 2050.
“Current government policy will result in Pearce experiencing the third biggest shortfall in aged care in the state as the number of people with dementia in the electorate will reach 9,302 by 2050,” the Hon Judi Moylan MP said.
The Member for Pearce, who served as Deputy Chair of the Standing Committee on Family, Community, Housing and Youth during its inquiry into better support for carers, said the Australian Government needs to recognise that dementia care is critical to comprehensive aged care and plan for immediate and future care options.
“The reform of aged care should recognise the extra demands that dementia care places on family carers as well as the additional costs on service providers,” she said.
Described by Access Economics as a nation-wide epidemic, dementia is currently the third-leading cause of death in Australia.