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Three million Australians are projected to develop dementia by 2050, says a new report commissioned by Alzheimer's Australia.
The report was prepared by the Dementia Collaborative Research Centre – Assessment and Better Care at the University of New South Wales.
Centre director Professor Henry Brodaty said that these new statistics provide more evidence that the nation needs to invest in dementia research now.
"Our analysis shows that if we can develop an effective intervention or treatment to delay the onset of dementia by just five years, we could spare close to one million people from the personal tragedy of a diagnosis of dementia," Professor Brodaty said.
"In the short term we may be able to reduce our risk of dementia by better protecting our brain through the lifestyle changes that we know may help," Professor Brodaty said.
Professor Brodaty added that in the long term an increased investment in dementia research is the "only hope" for the development of medical interventions to "delay, stop or reverse the diseases that lead to dementia".
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