14 September 2018
Dementia Australia has welcomed funding for more respite, transport and support announced by the Victorian Government that acknowledges the extraordinary dedication and contribution made by carers of older people, older carers and carers of people living with younger onset dementia in Victoria.
Dementia Australia CEO, Maree McCabe said carers of people living with dementia give so much of themselves when caring for family members and friends.
"They want the best possible health and lifestyle outcomes for the person for whom they love and care," Ms McCabe said.
"Carers provide support with the daily needs of the person in their care for travel, to attend activities and social engagements, providing medical and personal care and enabling them to remain connected with their networks.
"Often this impacts on their careers, incomes and their own health and wellbeing."
According to Carers Australia carers provide an estimated 1.9 billion hours of unpaid care each year.
"In Australia more than 1.2 million people are involved in the care of someone living with dementia," Ms McCabe said.
"When it comes to carers, they deserve every possible support available."
"In light of all this, Dementia Australia supports the decision to fund an extra 100,000 hours of respite care each year in Victoria," Ms McCabe said.
"This announcement by the Andrews Government of $49.5 million boost for carers in Victoria will go a long way towards supporting the needs of carers not able to qualify for support through the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)."
The funding will also include a 50 per cent travel concession for all carers which will make it more affordable to travel to appointments and to stay socially engaged.
In regional areas access to $4 million in grants for grass-roots and carer support groups will aim to improve access to emotional support services and information.
Ms McCabe said dementia costs Victoria an estimated $3.8 billion in 2018 (spanning direct and indirect costs) and was projected to cost almost $9.5 billion by 2056.
There are more than 100 types of dementia, with Alzheimer’s disease being the most common.
Dementia is the leading cause of death among Australian women and the second leading cause of death for Australians overall.
There are more than 100,000 people living with dementia in Victoria and that number is expected to increase to more than 280,000 people by 2056 without a significant medical breakthrough.
"Dementia is everyone’s business and it desperately requires well-funded support and services, responsive to the needs of all carers, families and for people, of all ages, living with all forms of dementia," Ms McCabe said.
Dementia Australia is the national peak body and charity for people, of all ages, living with all forms of dementia, their families and carers. It provides advocacy, support services, education and information. An estimated 425,000 people have dementia in Australia. This number is projected to reach more than 1.1 million by 2056. Dementia Australia is the new voice of Alzheimer’s Australia. Dementia Australia’s services are supported by the Australian Government.
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