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Catholic Health says dementia carers need more support


Catholic Health Australia has said that a new report on the Dementia Epidemic confirms its view that the Government's aged care program fails to meet the real costs of caring for people with dementia.

The report by Access Economics found half a million Australians will have dementia by 2040 - three times the current number. Titled The Dementia Epidemic: Economic Impact and Positive Solutions for Australia, the study found 162,000 people living with dementia, including 6600 under the age of 65.

Speaking yesterday after its release, CHA CEO Francis Sullivan said: "Under the present arrangements, the Commonwealth's subsidy fails to be suitably person specific and therefore leaves residential aged care providers without adequate resources to better care for the particular needs of people with dementia."

"The community has expectations on the standard of care elderly and frail people deserve," he said. "This report indicates that the burden of care falls too heavily on families and carers. It is time for a greater contribution from the broader community."

Mr Sullivan highlighted the lack of resources for people with dementia in the end stage of life.

"Currently there is no specific funding under the Commonwealth's aged care program to care for the dying. This omission must be acted on as a matter of urgency."

SOURCE
Catholic Health Australia

LINKS
Access Economics
| The Dementia Epidemic: Economic Impact and Positive Solutions for Australia (full text)
Dementia epidemic as baby boomers age (The Advertiser)
Catholic Health Australia



28 May 2003