The rapid increase in ageing population across
countries requires national strategies .
Data from many parts of the world reveals age as a
risk factor for dementia .
Dementia affects memory and significantly interferes
with a person’s ability to perform daily activities.
According to the WHO, it affects 50 million people
worldwide; a number that is projected to increase to 82 million by 2030 and
152 million by 2050.
According to some estimates, one person gets affected
by dementia every three seconds.
Studies have revealed how the stigma attached to the
disease leads to the social isolation of patients, their families and
Research has thrown light on the deterioration in the
quality of their lives.
There is an urgent need to treat dementia as a public
health concern by raising awareness on all aspects of the disease including
risk reduction, diagnosis, treatment, research, care and support for
patients and care givers.
Several of the needs of such affected people — social,
economic or those related to health remain unfulfilled.
For instance, leave concessions at work, adaptable
housing environments, adequate diagnostic facilities, treatment options,
care provisions and risk reduction measures.