Jane Parry and Cui Weiyuan report on how dementia is just starting to receive the attention it deserves in Asia.
They mention a WHO initiative which is designed to encourage countries to give mental health problems greater recognition. The mental health Gap Action Programme (mhGAP), launched in October 2010, is for use by health-care workers in the management of mental disorders, including dementia. Simple protocols and flowcharts are reported to provide guidance on diagnosis and the psychosocial interventions available (including those for caregivers).
Parry, J. [and] Weiyuan, C. (2011). Looming dementia epidemic in Asia. Bulletin of the World Health Organization, 2011, Vol.89(3), pp.166-7.
Possibly also of interest:
Kim, YJ. Han, JW. So, YS. [et al] (2014). Prevalence and trends of dementia in Korea: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Journal of Korean Medical Science. July 2014; 29(7): 903-912. Review.
Some signs of improvement?
Lee, Y. (2014). The recent decline in prevalence of dementia in developed countries: implications for prevention in the Republic of Korea. Journal of Korean Medical Science. July 2014; 29(7): 913-918. Review.