A Fourth Of Indians Consider Dementia To Be Dangerous

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By deepak mehto September 21, 2019 17:13

Almost a quarter of Indians surveyed said that they considered those suffering from dementia to be dangerous and about three-fourths opined that those with dementia are impulsive and unpredictable.

  • The survey was meant to gauge attitudes towards dementia to be dangerous among those suffering from this problem, health practitioners and caregivers and surveyed about 70,000 people in 155 countries.
  • The study estimates that as much as 50% of all people living with dementia never receive a formal diagnosis and in China and India, this lack of diagnosis is much higher, perhaps as high as 70-90%.
  • The number of those with this problem worldwide is set to increase to 152 million by 2050, according to the report. The current annual cost of dementia is estimated at $1 trillion (approximately), a figure that is set to double by 2030.
  • Population projections in India suggest that there will be one elderly person for every 3 in the working-age population by 2100 and a concomitant rise in elderly suffering from dementia as the prevalence of dementia in the elderly increases, according to a 2018 report in the Indian Journal of Psychiatry

Palpable fear

  • The ADI report, made public on Friday on the eve of Alzheimer’s Day, finds that 95% of global respondents think they will develop dementia in their lifetime and 78% are concerned about developing dementia at some point.
  • One in 4 believes that there is nothing you can do about dementia and 2 out of 3 think dementia is caused by normal aging.
  • Just under 40% of the public think that there are adequate community services for people living with dementia and for carers and just under 70% of people think there are adequate competent physicians for the diagnosis and treatment of dementia.

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