Make More Good for December 2021

Edge Environment’s monthly ‘Make More Good’ donation sends $300 to a worthy cause nominated by a staff member. In December 2021, Edge’s Head of Sustainability Leadership & Principal Consultant, Ashleigh Gay, chose Dementia Australia to be the recipient.

“I’m honored to provide my ‘Make More Good’ donation on behalf of Edge Environment to Dementia Australia. This cause is close to my heart and it’s a privilege to work at a company that helps make a difference,” said Ash.

Many of us know of someone living with or caring for someone with Dementia. Here’s a summary of what it is (there are a few misconceptions), why it’s important to act and how you can get involved.  

What is dementia?

Dementia is used to describe a group of illnesses which cause the progressive decline of a person’s functioning. According to Dementia Australia, “…it is a broad term used to describe loss of memory, intellect, rationality, social skills and physical functioning.” Alzheimer’s disease is one of the many types of dementia.  

Why is it important to take action?

According to Dementia Australia, dementia is the leading cause of death for women and the second leading cause of death for all Australians. Let that sink in.

Here’s a summary of why organisations like Dementia Australia are so important:

  • Dementia is the second leading cause of death of Australians.1
  • Dementia is the leading cause of death for women.2
  • In 2021, there are an estimated 472,000 Australians living with dementia. Without a medical breakthrough, the number of people with dementia is expected to increase to almost 1.1 million by 2058.3
  • In 2021, there were an estimated 28,300 people with younger onset dementia, expected to rise to 29,350 people by 2028 and 41,250 people by 2058. This can include people in their 30s, 40s and 50s.3
  • In 2021, it is estimated that almost 1.6 million people in Australia are involved in the care of someone living with dementia.4
  • Approximately 70% of people with dementia live in the community.5
  • More than two-thirds (68.1%) of aged care residents have moderate to severe cognitive impairment.6

How can you get involved?

Dementia Australia have an amazing range of events and support available that I only wish was accessible to my family many years ago. This includes support and guidance for people living with dementia and for their caregivers. They also have an extensive range of fundraising events including the Memory Walk & Jog.  

Thanks for reading!

1. Australian Bureau of Statistics (2020) Causes of Death, Australia, 2019 (cat. No. 3303.0)
2. Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, Dementia Snapshot, July 2020
3. Dementia Australia (2018) Dementia Prevalence Data 2018-2058, commissioned research undertaken by NATSEM, University of Canberra
4. Based on Dementia Australia’s analysis of the following publications – M.Kostas et al. (2017) National Aged Care Workforce Census and Survey – The Aged Care Workforce, 2016, Department of Health; Dementia Australia (2018) Dementia Prevalence Data 2018–2058, commissioned research undertaken by NATSEM, University of Canberra; Alzheimer’s Disease International and Karolinska Institute (2018), Global estimates of informal care, Alzheimer’s Disease International; Access Economics (2010) Caring Places: planning for aged care and dementia 2010–2050
5. Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2012) Dementia in Australia
6. Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety, Research Paper 8 – International and National Quality and Safety Indicators for Aged Care, 2020, p161.
7. World Health Organisation, Risk Reduction of Cognitive Decline and Dementia, 2020

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