The World Health Organization (WHO) states that of all diseases, dementia is currently the seventh leading cause of death and one of the leading causes of disability and dependence among the elderly on earth.
Not only that, but there are currently more than 55 million people living with dementia worldwide, and about 10 million new cases are reported each year, according to the WHO.
The World Health Organization further states that Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia and can contribute to 60-70% of cases.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) describes dementia as a general term for impairment of memory, thinking, or decision-making that interferes with daily activities and not as a specific disease.
Noting the severity of dementia, the WHO said it has physical, psychological, social and economic effects, not only for people with dementia but also for their carers, families and society.
The CDC lists some of the signs and symptoms associated with dementia and says it can vary widely from person to person, the agency added, adding that people with dementia have difficulty remembering, concentrating, communicating, reasoning, judging and solving problems. .
Furthermore, it also states that visual perception is beyond the typical age-related changes in vision.
He also reported signs that could point to dementia, including:
- Getting lost in a familiar neighborhood
- Using unusual words to refer to familiar objects
- Forgetting the names of close family members or friends
- Forgetting old memories
- Cannot complete tasks independently
Unfortunately, according to the WHO, there is currently no cure for dementia.
Adding to that, the UN Health Agency said that “anti-dementia drugs and the disease-research therapies developed to date have limited efficacy and are primarily labeled for Alzheimer’s disease.”
While providing information on support and care for people with dementia, he further shared some of the main goals, including the following:
- Early diagnosis to promote early and optimal management
- Improving overall well-being
- Identification and treatment of physical ailments
- Understand and manage behavior changes
- Provide adequate information and assistance to caregivers.