Dementia Epidemic Looms for Asia (World Health Organization)


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).

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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:

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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?

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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.

About Dementia and Elderly Care News (an online adjunct to Dementia and Elderly Care: the Latest Evidence)

Wolverhampton Medical Institute, Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust, Wolverhampton, UK. Keeping you abreast with the latest developments in dementia & elderly care and related research. (jh)
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