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Dementia Casses will Triple By 2050


Dementia Casses will Triple By 2050

(ePharmaNews) - Dementia cases, which are one of the main elders concern, set to triple but still largely ignored according to the World Health Organization (WHO) and Alzheimer's disease International.

Dementia is a syndrome, usually of a chronic nature, caused by a variety of brain illnesses that affect memory, thinking, behavior and ability to perform everyday activities. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia and possibly contributes to up to 70% of cases.
Worldwide, nearly 35.6 million people live with dementia. This number is expected to double by 2030 and more than triple by 2050 Dementia affects people in all countries, with more than half (58%) living in low- and middle-income countries. Treating and caring for people with dementia currently costs the world more than US$ 604 billion per year.
 
A new report Dementia: a public health priority showed that Only eight countries worldwide currently have national programmes in place to address dementia , and it recommends that programmes focus on improving early diagnosis; raising public awareness about the disease and reducing stigma; and providing better care and more support to caregivers.


Lack of diagnosis is a major problem. Even in high-income countries, only one half of cases of dementia are routinely recognized. When a diagnosis is made, it often comes at a relatively late stage of the disease.


“We need to increase our capacity to detect dementia early and to provide the necessary health and social care. Much can be done to decrease the burden of dementia," says one of the researchers "Health-care workers are often not adequately trained to recognize dementia."
The report points to a general lack of information and understanding about dementia. This fuels stigma, which in turn contributes to the social isolation of both the person with dementia and their caregivers, and can lead to delays in seeking diagnosis, health assistance and social support.

"Public awareness about dementia, its symptoms, and the importance of getting a diagnosis, and the help available for those with the condition is very limited. It is now vital to tackle the poor levels of public awareness and understanding, and to drastically reduce the stigma associated with dementia," according to the report.


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Prepared by: Marcell Shehwaro
Translated by: Marcell Shehwaro


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