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9 million elderly Indians have dementia: Study | India News – Times of India

Dementia
“In 2010, the Alzheimer’s and Related Disorders Society of India estimated that 3.7 million Indians had dementia and projected that this number would double by 2030.5 Our findings suggest this might have been an underestimate. The number ...
...doubled a decade earlier, reaching 8.8 million in 2019. Therefore, the need to scale up policies to prevent and manage dementia in India is urgent,” the researchers noted, adding they found significant heterogeneity across states.
“This means that the burden of dementia cases is unevenly distributed across states and requires different levels of local planning and support.”Dementia was found to be almost double among women (9%) than men (5.
8%), which experts have often linked with differences in education and early life nutrition.
Prevalence was also higher in rural areas at 8.
The estimated prevalence was 10% in those with no education at all, compared to 4.
5% in those who had primary level education and 1.
5% in those who went to Class VIII and above.“Different levels of education across states could also contribute to cross-state differences in various dementia risk factors, ...
...like under-nutrition and exposure to indoor air pollution,” the researchers noted, calling for more localised policies to tackle the disorder.“This is the largest ...
...cognitive ageing study in the world where globally-used scientific tools have been deployed to show that dementia affects nearly all regions, and that India needs to ...
...double down on empowering all health systems to tackle it,” said Dr Aparajit Ballav Dey, former project lead with the department of geriatric medicine at AIIMS-Delhi.