Media Releases

10 May 2017

To coincide with National Volunteer Week, Alzheimer’s Australia would like to take the opportunity to thank all the volunteers around Australia who give their time to improving the lives of people living with dementia, their carers, family and friends.

With the theme ‘Give Happy, Live Happy’, National Volunteer Week runs from 8-14 May, 2017 and is an annual celebration to acknowledge the generous contribution of our nation’s six million volunteers.

10 May 2017

Alzheimer’s Australia welcomes the expansion of the National Disability Insurance Scheme and the increased investment in My Aged Care infrastructure and additional aged care places but is disappointed the budget announcement does not include any new or additional funding for dementia to support the 413,106 people currently living with the condition or the 1.2 million people involved in their care.

3 May 2017

Alzheimer’s Australia welcomes Minister for Aged Care, The Hon. Ken Wyatt’s Review of Aged Care Quality Regulation.

Alzheimer’s Australia CEO Maree McCabe said as the peak body providing support and advocacy for people with dementia, their families and carers in Australia, the issue of ensuring safety and quality across aged care services is critical to both consumers and Alzheimer’s Australia.

Last year, there were over 220,000 older people who received permanent care in a residential aged care facility, a significant proportion of Australia’s overall population.

People with dementia represent just over half of all residents in residential aged care facilities and they tend to have much higher care needs than residents who do not have dementia.

For those residents with dementia this may result in challenges to their ability to communicate which may expose them to undue risk.

10 April 2017

Two new resources created by Alzheimer’s Australia, in partnership with the University of Wollongong and Carers Australia, aim to promote best practice strategies for respite service providers and to assist people with dementia and their carers to navigate the system.

22 March 2017

Ten national peak not-for-profit health organisations making up the Neurological Alliance Australia (NAA) are calling for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) to transform the lives of over 850,000 Australians living with progressive neurological or neuromuscular conditions.

14 March 2017

President and CEO of the American Alzheimer’s Association Harry Johns has highlighted the critical need for more investment in dementia research and joined calls for a fully-funded National Dementia Strategy in Australia ahead of a lecture tour to coincide with National Brain Awareness Week.

17 February 2017

The NHMRC National Institute of Dementia Research and Alzheimer’s Australia are delighted to announce the appointment of Ms Janice Besch as the new Director of the NNIDR.

15 February 2017

The number of people with dementia in Australia has soared to more than 400,000 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.

The report, The Economic Cost of Dementia in Australia 2016-2056, commissioned by Alzheimer’s Australia and released today, has found that if nothing is done to reduce the incidence of dementia, the cost will blow out to more than $18 billion by 2025, in today’s dollars, and more than double to $36 billion in less than 40 years as the number of people with dementia soars, from an estimated 413,000 people in 2017, to 536,000 people by 2025 and a staggering 1.1 million people by 2056.

14 February 2017

Maree McCabe has today been announced as National Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Alzheimer’s Australia.

18 January 2017

Alzheimer’s Australia welcomes the appointment of The Hon Greg Hunt MP to the role of Health Minister.