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Dementia care in developing countries

Sivaraman Shaji

in Supportive care for the person with dementia

Published in print December 2009 | ISBN: 9780199554133
Published online November 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191730269 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199554133.003.0010

Series: Supportive Care Series

Dementia care in developing countries

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Demographic transition towards ageing is a global phenomenon and is one of humanity's greatest triumphs. Worldwide, the fastest rate of growth is in the age group of sixty years and above. The percentage of elderly people is increasing overwhelmingly in the countries of Asia, Africa, and Latin America. For developing countries, population ageing has many serious connotations and challenges. In 2002, of the more than 600 million older persons (people aged over sixty years), almost 499 million were in developing countries. By 2025, of almost 1.2 billion people projected to be in this age group worldwide, about 840 million will be in developing countries. This chapter discusses the prevalence of dementia in developing countries, dementia as a public health problem, common factors about dementia in developing countries, and India's experience in developing dementia care services in the community.

Keywords: dementia; developing countries; elderly; ageing; public health

Chapter.  5130 words. 

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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