The prevalence of dementia was 51.8 % (95 % CI 50.4-53.3) in nursing home residents and 2.7 % (95 % CI 2.6-2.8) in community-dwelling elderly.
Findings from this report: Over half (53%) of people assessed on ACFI during the year had dementia.
Results: In the whole sample, the prevalence of pain was 43% (95% confidence interval 36%-50%) using the MOBID-2 Pain Scale. Regardless of regularly scheduled analgesics, approximately one-third of the residents with pain suffered from moderate to severe pain.
311,730 (39%) of people living with dementia over 65 are living in care homes (either residential care or nursing homes) and 493,639 (61%) are living in the community.
Approximately 418,000 people live in care homes (Laing and Buisson survey 2016). This is 4% of the total population aged 65 years and over, rising to 15% of those aged 85 or more. 167,000 people are receiving specialist dementia care in care homes – around 40% of the total care home population.
The 2021 Dementia Australia Prevalence Data reveals that there are currently an estimated 472,000 people living with all forms of dementia. Without a major medical breakthrough this figure is projected to increase to 1,076,000 people by 2058.
As many as 7% of adults aged 60 and older suffer from dementia. Along with problems with memory, language, and decision-making abilities, dementia can cause other symptoms. These include changes in mood, such as increased irritability, depression, and anxiety. They also include changes in personality and behavior.
Only 4.5 percent (about 1.5 million) of older adults live in nursing homes and 2 percent (1 million) in assisted living facilities. The majority of older adults (93.5 percent, or 33.4 million) live in the community.
Worldwide, women with dementia outnumber men 2 to 1. Brain scans tell us that the rate at which brain cells are dying in the brain is faster in women than in men. Women are more likely to live longer than men. However, although risk increases with age, dementia is caused by diseases of the brain not age alone.