Overview

Dementia is a significant and growing health and aged care issue in Australia that has a substantial impact on the health and quality of life of people with the condition, as well as for their family and friends.

Dementia is a term used to describe a group of similar conditions characterised by gradual impairment of brain function. Changes due to the condition may affect memory, speech, cognition (thought), behaviour, mobility and an individual’s personality, and their health and functional ability decline as the disease progresses. Dementia is a progressively fatal condition, with most people in the advanced stage of dementia requiring constant care and support, often provided by residential aged care services. The number of Australians living with dementia is projected to increase with more Australians living to older ages.

This page presents reports and statistics that are specifically focused on dementia, but additional information on dementia can be found under Aged care, Older people and Palliative care services.

New release Dementia in Australia

See the Dementia in Australia online report for the latest statistics on dementia

Featured reports

Latest findings

COVID-19 deaths: people with dementia were less likely to develop severe respiratory symptoms than those without

The rate of deaths of Australians with dementia was lower during the first 10 months of 2020 than in recent years

All dementia deaths: those who died of COVID-19 were more likely to have pre-existing respiratory conditions

The final models can detect 80% of individuals prescribed dementia-specific medication within the 2-year period.

A decision tree approach provides combinations of health services that may indicate early dementia.

Geriatrician attendances and brain scans are highly predictive of early dementia.