Over the voting period of my life, I’ve been a political swinger, and the last couple of years, had actually become a political atheist, even joining the Facebook group of that name! In my home state, I have now decided to support Dignity Party SA, and will write occasionally about why I have decided to do so. In this blog, I want to talk about dementia and our families, and how this rapidly growing group of South Australians can be better supported if Kelly retains her seat.
I’m hoping to convince at least 100,000 voters in South Australia to vote number 1 above the line for the Hon Kelly Vincent MP in the next SA election.
From a voting population of around 1.1 million, that is less than ten percent, but as a person living with dementia, that almost represents my cohort (people diagnosed, and persons supporting us).
There are currently approximately 30,000 people diagnosed with dementia in SA, and therefore at least that many family care partners supporting them [us]. Through the care partner role, in many ways carers become disabled too; they are too often isolated, living in near poverty, experiencing stigma and discrimination, and have unmet health needs due to lack of time or funds… the list goes on!
I believe we cannot afford not to have Kelly Vincent in the Parliament, as too many of us live with disabilities or support someone living with them. The NDIS on its own isn’t be the answer, especially for people with dementia, and we need a political party with our interests at their heart. Dignity Party is that party.
Frankly, Dignity Party is the only party I truly believe has us, the voters, in its heart.
Sorry, political speech over! Well, for today anyway!
As a dear friend Lynda H recently said to me, the political atheist has gone for good!
- There are more than 413,106 Australians living with dementia 1
- Of the people currently living with dementia 55% (228,238) are female and 45% (184,868) are male 1
- By 2025 the number of people with dementia is expected to increase to 536,164 1
- Without a medical breakthrough, the number of people with dementia is expected to reach 1,100,890 by 2056 1
- Currently around 244 people each day are joining the population with dementia. The number of new cases of dementia will increase to 318 people per day by 2025 and over 650 people per day by 2056 1
- There are an estimated 25,938 people with younger onset dementia, expected to rise to 29,375 by 2025 and 42,252 by 2056 1
- Dementia is the second leading cause of death of Australians 2 contributing to 5.4% of all deaths in males and 10.6% of all deaths in females each year 1
- The lifestyle risk and protective factors for dementia offer very real opportunities for prevention programs that reduce the number of Australians developing dementia each year
- Reducing the annual age-sex specific incidence rates for dementia in people aged 65 years and above by 5% would lead to a 7% reduction in the number of people with dementia in the population by 2025 and a 24% reduction by 2056. As a result, there would be nearly 36,400 fewer people with dementia in 2025 and almost 261,000 fewer people by 2056 compared with the current projections of the prevalence of dementia over the next 40 years. This could save more than $120 billion by 2056 1
1 The National Centre for Social and Economic Modelling NATSEM (2016) Economic Cost of Dementia in Australia 2016-2056
2 Australian Bureau of Statistics (2015) Causes of Death, Australia, 2015 (cat. no. 3303.0)