The number of people with dementia in Australia has soared to more than 400,000 – and almost 139,000 in NSW - with an estimated cost to the community of more than $14 billion this year alone, a new report has found. The research predicts this number will climb by another $4 billion in just eight years as the number of people living with the condition continues to rise dramatically.
Alzheimer’s Australia NSW is reminding the community to check-in on elderly neighbours and friends during periods of extreme heat, especially people living with dementia.
Alzheimer’s Australia NSW CEO The Hon. John Watkins AM said people living with dementia and their carers may need extra support during the current period of hot weather.
“A person living with dementia may need some assistance when it comes to coping with the summer heat,” Mr Watkins said.