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ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE

Senator Patterson, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a

formal motion, moved--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 is 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, emotional 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.

Question put and passed.