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DEMENTIA AUSTRALIA'S SILENT KILLER!
Did you know that dementia is a killer only second to heart disease and that it affects 400,000 people in Australia adding 244 new cases each day!!
And what’s more alarming is that this disease can onset at 4o years old.
“We of the New Prophecy Church believe that it’s our duty to be community involved. Yes, because God cares - we care! But with prayer comes action. James 1:22 tells us to be doers of the Word and not just hearers! "We as a body of concerned Christians will do all that‘s possible in promoting community awareness to this horrendous disease that could be best described as identity theft - even if it means busking in the streets”. Says Pastor Barnett, ALIAS “Busker Priest”
So what does this got to do with you?
Apart from the possibility of being one of its victims, there is the economic cost to the community. How so? Statistics from the Economic Cost of Dementia in Australia 2016-2056 have estimated there will be 1.1 million people with the condition, costing the community more than $36 million a year. To you personally it means that every dollar spent on mental illness is a dollar less for schools hospitals transport and general infrastructure.
Alzheimer’s Australia national president Graeme Samuel said the figures contained in the report, by the University of Canberra’s National Centre for Social and Economic Modeling (NATSEM) were alarming and a big wake up call. “Dementia, which is a National Health Propriety Area, is one of the major chronic diseases of the century.” Mr. Samuel said.
“It is already the second-leading cause of death in Australia and we know the impact is far reaching. “Despite the social and economic impact, we still do not have a Fully-funded national strategy to provide better care and outcomes for people who are living with dementia in the future".
The time for action is now !
Mr Samuel says that If we act know, even a 5 percent reduction in the number of people with dementia could lead to savings of $5.7 billion from 2016-25, and a staggering $120.4 billion by 2056.
NATSEM”S Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis deputy director Laurie Brown said the significance of the new dementia figures could not be under-estimated.
“What these figures show is an alarming upward trend of not only the number of people likely to be living with dementia over the next 40 years, but also the tremendous economic impact this will have on the entire Australian population.” Professor Brown said.
“Not to mention the lasting social impact on those living with dementia, their carers and family friends.
“The sharp rise in the number of people likely to be diagnosed with dementia in the next 40 years, and the more than doubling of current estimates on the economic cost of dementia in Australians are living much longer.
What is needed?
(1) A more comprehensive risk reduction program to raise awareness of brain health and the links between lifestyle and health factors and the risk of developing dementia, cognitive impairment and other conditions
(2) A development of a consumer based dementia care program to improve aged care services, both in residential age case and the community
(3) A improvement of access to quality respite care to better support people with dementia living in the community their families and carers
Note. Credit goes to ‘The Senior News March 2017’ in highlighting this topic which was compiled by Pastor Barnett of the New Prophecy Church Maleny Qld.
To make a donation or for more information about dementia contact: wwwfightdementia.org.au National Dementia Helpline: 1800-100-500.
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