Campaign highligts one in 13 with dementia under age of 65
A NEW campaign has highlighted that a staggering 1 in 13 people with dementia are now under the age of 65 - and a number of these people are in their 30s and 40s.
The No Longer a Statistic campaign reveals there are now at least 25,100 people under the age of 65 with dementia. By 2050 this number will have jumped to 36,800.
Campaign organisers say it's a big issue for Australia and dementia is not an older person's disease.
Alzheimer's Australia CEO Carol Bennett said she held concerns about the future of the only existing program helping people one-on-one with younger-onset dementia in Australia.
She said the highly-successful Federal Government-funded program needed to be expanded because of the sheer level of need.
Ms Bennet said current indications suggest the service would be rolled into the NDIS from July of next year, which would not be able to cope effectively with people under 65 in Australia with dementia.