Older Australians experience worse quality of life

Published 23 Feb 2016

While few Australians will be surprised by the news that people are more susceptible to disease and injury as they age, a recent report shows that older Australians are experiencing a notably worse quality of life than they should be.

The range of different aged care and health care providers across Australia are there to assist with the country’s ageing population, yet some people are still finding it difficult to remain comfortable. One ailment that often requires individuals to seek critical illness claims is dementia, and according to Alzheimer’s Australia, instances of the affliction are on the rise.

What can people with dementia do?

Alzheimer’s Australia drew on data produced by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare which revealed that the number of people across the country with dementia is increasing. The organisation believes that a further 11,000 Australians will be diagnosed with some form of dementia by the end of 2016. If these predictions are accurate, this will mean there are just over 350,000 people with the disease in the country.

Alzheimer’s Australia believes that if this continues at the current rate, there will be more than 400,000 dementia patients in Australia by 2020, eventually leading to 900,000 by 2050 assuming there are no notable medical breakthroughs.

There is also a significant financial cost associated with the disease as treatment and associated care can be expensive. Alzheimer’s Australia reported that this totals almost $5 billion each year. On top of this, many people also pursue critical illness claims to ensure they receive the care they require.

Alzheimer’s Australia National President Professor Graeme Samuel believes that a solution will require a concerted effort from a range of different stakeholders.

“What is needed is a collaborative and cost-effective response to dementia that will see government, health care professionals, the community, people living with dementia, their families and carers all working together to reduce the rate of dementia and ensure that people living with the condition continue to have access to the services and supports they require to achieve a high quality of life,” he explained.

The organisation believes the solution to these issues will require both financial and social commitments, ensuring people get the support they need.

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