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Monday, May 23, 2011

Managment of dementia in the elderlys in India.

Karmayog, 2008.

The increase of life expectancy goes with the increase of age related
diseases from which Alzheimer Disease, and developing countries are
not spared. With the increase of longevity,the number of people
60+ suffering and searching for care, for domiciliary services,
specific treatments and specific answers to their needs will increase.
If no appropriate responses are given, the citizen will suffer,
discomfort will happen and dramatic consequences can occur, modifying
and deteriorating not only the health of the person, his quality of
life but also his family relationship and his welfare in the society.
Then the trust and reliability on our society will be deteriorated,
unsatisfaying, underlying the serious lacks of a public health

To prevent that, health services specialists and politics have to
make the absence of specialised structures provided an issue, if it is
not yet. Else they will suffer people's anger, the increase in number
of sick persons in the population in the next years, a more important
obstruction in hospitals and aggravation of the cases because of no
early detection and not enough solutions provided. In general, not
enough drug and non-drug therapies.

When in the meantime, the developed countries have more care
alternatives available, provide more informations to people, are
still searching to improve the public health system; the developing
countries risk to face a huge challenge, having everything to build.

It would be a hard task, knowing for example the number of the
population in India. Following a plan in the public health policy
become a necessity : Recognition of the early symptoms of dementia,
Different models of interventions, research on disease, drug and Non-
drug therapies ,infrastructures; training of professional and home

This challenge of public health is happening in developping countries
hardly, do we let it crushing us or do we start working together.

Miss Hendi LINGIAH,
clinical psychologist

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