The Australian Bureau of Statistics has just released more alarming statistics about the rise of Dementia related deaths in Australia. Dementia remains the second leading cause of death in 2017, accounting for 13,729 deaths.
The number of deaths from Dementia has increased by 68.0% over the past decade with the death rate increasing from 33.1 deaths per 100,000 people in 2008 to 41.6 in 2017.
These figures only confirm the desperate need for Western Australia to have a community dementia bus – the reason A Roast to Remember was born.
This much-needed community dementia bus will offer West Australians respite, education and peace of mind. It will focus on the wider community who don’t have immediate access to local services to trial some of the new innovations such as Virtual Reality and therapy techniques for methods of dealing with a loved one with dementia.
As well as giving a respite break to carers, those staffing the bus will be able to provide useful advice to carers and provide education to schools, to workers and those living with dementia across regional and metro locations in Perth.