Our Say: Warning of future trouble
THE outlook for dementia cases in the Clarence Valley is a warning of what is to come in many aspects of our lives in the years ahead.
As our population age rises, services such as those for people with dementia will need to keep up.
And there is no guarantee they will.
The Clarence, and the North Coast in general, already has a high proportion of older residents - after all it is a great place to see out your latter years.
And as people live longer, conditions like dementia will increase.
But that means we need to have the services such a population requires.
Already parts of our health system locally are very good, but there are other areas - like mental health services - that need to be improved.
As John Watkins points out in today's story, we already have problems with lack of choice, fewer specialists and fewer choices when it comes to home care and nursing homes.
If those things are problems now, they are likely to only get worse in the future.
It is something the North Coast population needs to keep lobbying our elected representatives to address.
The health dollar only goes so far, and that isn't far enough.
But whatever funding is available, we need to make sure we are getting our fair share.