Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Dementia Cases to Double

As the population ages, related diseases are expected to rise. However, the World Health Organisation have exceeded expectations, proposing the number of people with dementia will almost double to 65.7 million by 2030, and triple by 2050. 

An article by Yahoo! Health quoted the head of the mental health department of WHO, Shekhar Saxena, as stating, “the risk of dementia is 1 in 8 for those over 65 and a shocking 1 in 2.5 for those over 85 -- its impact will become greater as the decades go by...”.

Another figurehead at WHO believes a lot can be done to decrease the burden of dementia and emphasises the need to allocate funds to provide necessary health and social care.

Aged-care facilities must dedicate time and money to mitigating associated risks by putting in place measures preventing dementia patients from wandering off site.

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