Dementia in low-income and middle-income countries: Different realities mandate tailored solutions

by Cleusa Pinheiro Ferri and K. S. Jacob
PLoS Med 14(3): e1002271 – Published: March 28, 2017

4 pp. 290 kB
http://journals.plos.org/plosmedicine/article/file?
id=10.1371/journal.pmed.1002271&type=printable

The ageing of populations is the most significant social transformation of the 21st century and has highlighted the importance of age-related conditions such as dementia, which has been recognised across regions, countries, and cultures. The number of people living with dementia has been increasing and is estimated to reach 75 million worldwide by 2030, with the majority of these individuals living in low-income and middle-income countries (LMICs). Dementia is often seen as part of the ageing process, and even when recognized, there still remain problems related to stigma, lack of resources for the adequate care of people with dementia (PWD), variations in the way the condition is assessed and perceived, and how it is addressed in noncommunicable disease (NCD) policies and prevention strategies.

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