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Tuesday, 20 September 1994
Page: 985

  Motion (by Senator Patterson) agreed to:

  That the Senate—

  (a)notes that:

    (i)the week beginning 4 September 1994 is National Alzheimer's Week,

    (ii)in 1993, between 100 000 and 140 000 Australians suffered from moderate to severe dementia and this number is expected to exceed 200 000 within 10 years,

    (iii)one in eight adults are likely to develop dementia in their lifetime while Alzheimer's disease is the fourth largest killer of adult Australians, and

    (iv)approximately half of Australia's dementia sufferers live at home, a substantial number live in residential facilities, such as hostels and nursing homes, however, many are homeless or live in boarding houses or refuges, where they frequently receive no formal treatment for their mental illness; and

  (b)recognises the enormous social, emotion and financial burden placed on those who care for people with Alzheimer's disease, a burden which falls mainly on family members and principally women (73 per cent of dementia carers are women) and who in turn suffer high levels of stress and poor physical and mental health.