Dementia describes a collection of symptoms that are caused by disorders affecting the brain. It is not one specific disease. Dementia affects thinking, behaviour and the ability to perform everyday tasks. Brain function is affected enough to interfere with the person’s normal social or working life.
Dementia has become Australia’s second leading cause of death in 2013, up from fourth in 2006. Further increases are expected in future, with dementia predicted to become Australia’s leading cause of death over the next few years. This fact sheet provides further information about dementia-related deaths in Australia.Dementia Australia