dementia
Original Published Date: 
Friday, May 31, 2019

Full article issued by the ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research.

The ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research (CEPAR), in collaboration with Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA), has released new findings on cognitive ageing and decline trends in Australia. 

One of the findings is that the knowledge-base around the cause of dementia in the senior community varied greatly, raising the need for in-depth dementia awareness workshops and community involvement. Dementia is the leading cause of disability among Australians over 65 and the second leading cause of death in Australia. In 2016, the direct costs alone of dementia were close to $9 billion in Australia, with a predicted increase to $12 billion by 2025. The report also highlights how even mild cognitive limitations and changes in processing speed or acquisition of new knowledge will have significant impacts on how Australians make financial decisions.

Exploring the whole spectrum of cognitive ageing and its impacts on individuals, society and the economy, the full report can be read and downloaded from the CEPAR website.

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