In the lead up to the Queensland election, Dementia Australia has called on all political parties to commit funding to assist people living with dementia.
In Queensland, it’s estimated more than 77,000 people live with the condition with the number set to increase to 250,000 by 2056.
Currently, it’s the second leading cause of death of Australians with more than 100 different types of the illness.
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Dementia Australia wants political parties to step up and commit funding for new services on the Gold Coast, Ipswich and Gladstone, as well as create Dementia Friendly Communities in Hervey Bay, Maryborough and Noosa.
Dementia Australia Chair Graeme Samuel said there’s low awareness and understanding of the condition.
“It is vital that we continue to build on the capacity of health, aged care and disability services in Queensland to meet the needs of people impacted by dementia, while continuing to deliver specialised information, support, respite and end of life services,” he said.
If you or someone you know needs assistance, please call the National Dementia Helpline: 1800 100 500 or visit www.dementia.org.au