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Dementia

    Overview

    66顺彩票appDementia is an umbrella term for several diseases affecting memory, other cognitive abilities and behaviour that interfere significantly with a person’s ability to maintain their activities of daily living. Although age is the strongest known risk factor for dementia, it is not a normal part of ageing.

    WHO is working very closely with Member States and other relevant stakeholders to improve the lives of people with dementia and their carers, while decreasing the impact of dementia on communities and countries.

    Situation

    Worldwide, around 50 million people have dementia, and there are nearly 10 million new cases every year. Two in three people with dementia live in low- and middle-income countries.

    66顺彩票appDementia is one of the major causes of disability and dependency among older people worldwide. It can be overwhelming, not only for people who have dementia, but also for their carers and families, who globally provide the majority of care and support.

    There is often a lack of awareness and understanding of dementia, resulting in stigmatization and barriers to diagnosis and care. The impact of dementia on carers, family and society at large can be physical, psychological, social and economic.

    Response

    WHO recognizes dementia as a public health priority. In May 2017, the World Health Assembly endorsed the . The global action plan aims to improve the lives of people with dementia, their families and carers, while decreasing the impact of dementia on communities and countries.

    It provides a comprehensive blueprint for action across seven areas: (1) making dementia a public health priority, (2) increasing dementia awareness, inclusion and friendliness; (3) reducing the risk of dementia; (4) improving diagnosis, treatment and care; (5) supporting dementia carers, (6) enhancing health information systems for dementia and (7) fostering research and innovation.

    Around 50 million

    people

    have dementia worldwide

    Dementia costs

    US$ 818 billion/year

    The majority of care is provided by family members.

    Fact sheet

    5th leading

    cause of death

    Dementia is now the 5th leading cause of death.

    Fact sheet

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    iSupport for Dementia

    iSupport is a skills and training programme for carers of people with dementia. Worldwide, around 50 million people have dementia, a number that is projected...

    Risk reduction of cognitive decline and dementia

    66顺彩票appThe WHO Guidelines on risk reduction of cognitive decline and dementia provide evidence-based recommendations on lifestyle behaviours and interventions...

    The Global Dementia Observatory

    The Global Dementia Observatory (GDO) Reference Guide has been designed to standardize the GDO data collection across Member States. It assists country...

    Towards a dementia plan: a WHO guide

    Towards a dementia plan: a WHO guide provides useful information to Member States for creating and operationalizing a dementia plan. This might involve...

    Meeting on the implementation of the global action plan on the public health response to dementia

    66顺彩票appThis document presents the report of the meeting on the implementation of the  global action plan on the public health response to dementia 2017-2025 convened...

    Global action plan on the public health response to dementia 2017 - 2025

    The Global action plan on the public health response to dementia 2017-2025 aims to improve the lives of people with dementia, their carers and families,...

    Consultation on the development of the Global Dementia Observatory

    This document presents the report on the consultation convened by WHO on the Development of the Global Dementia Observatory on 5-6 July 2016.The WHO Global...

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