- According to the World Health Organisation,
- A new patient is diagnosed with Dementia every three seconds.
- A whopping 50 million people are suffering from Dementia across the globe.
- As high as 10 million new Dementia cases are recorded worldwide every year.
- It is estimated that by 2050, there will be a threefold rise in people suffering from Dementia worldwide
Dementia is a form of illness where a person loses his/her mental ability which affects their daily life. It is mostly diagnosed in the elderly and India, too, has a large number of people suffering from Dementia.
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), in every three seconds, one patient is diagnosed with dementia. Health experts say, to control the rising population of dementia affected people, the government should take some measures soon.
While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Shailesh Mishra, Founder of Silver Innings, an NGO which works for the Senior Citizens, said, “The number of people affected with dementia is higher in western countries. In India, around 4.3 percent of the elderly population is suffering from dementia, and the cases mental illness are rising. The figures released by the World Health Organisation are disturbing.”
He further added, “As the population of dementia affected people is rising, the government should take immediate steps to control it. Dementia does not affect only one person its cascading effect can be visible on the whole family. The government should prepare an action plan to control it. The focus should be given to Dementia treatment and management.”
Dr Sagar Mundada, a Mumbai-based psychiatrist and President of the Youth Wing of IMA, said, “Dementia generally affects a person in the old age. A person may suffer from Dementia if there is no activity in the brain. Nowadays, senior citizens are largely seen to be dependent on electronic gadgets. It stops activity in the brain and can cause Dementia.”
Dr Milan Balkrishnan, a psychiatrist from Mumbai, while speaking to My Medical Mantra said, “Increasing awareness has lead to more identification and early diagnosis of the disease. In dementia, there is a gradual progressive loss of memory and mental faculties, such as language judgement and ability to do day to day activities. It has an impact on family, personal and societal life.”