Cognitive Screening at the Population Level: The Italian Health Examination Survey, 2008-2012

In 2011, 35.6 million people worldwide were living with dementia.1 This number will more than triple by 2050.1 Among noncommunicable diseases, dementia accounts for 11.9% of years lived with disability,2 and the annual global cost of either formal or informal care has been more than US$600 billion in 2010, with alarming, probably unsustainable, increases expected in the near future.3 Given this, the World Health Organization (WHO) has set dementia as a major public health priority.4 On December 7, 2017, the WHO has launched the web-based platform Global Dementia Observatory, with the aim to monitor the presence of national policy and plans for surveillance and care of dementia either within countries or globally.
Source: Journal of the American Medical Directors Association - Category: Health Management Authors: Tags: Letter to the Editor Source Type: research

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Conclusions/interpretationReducing the burden of diabetes could result in substantial reductions in the incidence of dementia and disability over the medium to long term.
Source: Diabetologia - Category: Endocrinology Source Type: research
Conclusion: For older adults in residential care, many sources of well-being remain highly meaningful and some are directly related to the experience of meaning and life satisfaction. Both for residents with and without dementia, continued or increased investment in moments that foster personal growth and family relationships might be especially valuable. PMID: 31729244 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Aging and Mental Health - Category: Geriatrics Authors: Tags: Aging Ment Health Source Type: research
Publication date: Available online 13 November 2019Source: Social Science &MedicineAuthor(s): Sharon Walsh, Edel Doherty, Brendan Kennelly, Tom Pierse, Fiona Keogh, Eamon O'SheaAbstractDementia is a progressive and debilitating neurodegenerative condition which significantly impacts on quality of life and the ability to live independently. It is a leading cause of disability in older populations and carries significant economic and social costs. It is no wonder, therefore, that dementia has been identified as a major global health and social care challenge, especially with prevalence projected to triple by 2050. In man...
Source: Social Science and Medicine - Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research
Publication date: Available online 12 November 2019Source: The Lancet PsychiatryAuthor(s): Laura McWhirter, Craig Ritchie, Jon Stone, Alan CarsonSummaryCognitive symptoms are common, and yet many who seek help for cognitive symptoms neither have, nor go on to develop, dementia. A proportion of these people are likely to have functional cognitive disorders, a subtype of functional neurological disorders, in which cognitive symptoms are present, associated with distress or disability, but caused by functional alterations rather than degenerative brain disease or another structural lesion. In this Review, we have systematical...
Source: The Lancet Psychiatry - Category: Psychiatry Source Type: research
In this study 66 clinically mildly affected patients aged 54-87 years without a history of dementia underwent extensive neuropsychological assessment after first ever ischemic stroke and again 6 months after the event (follow-up assessment). Demographic, clinical and paraclinical parameters were assessed as potential predictors for long-term cognitive outcome. RESULTS: At the group level significant performance improvements were found for most of the neurocognitive domains at the follow-up assessment. The greatest cognitive improvement was found in visuospatial processing. Immediately after stroke 54.5% of p...
Source: Der Nervenarzt - Category: Neurology Authors: Tags: Nervenarzt Source Type: research
Conclusion: GPS was felt to have the potential to facilitate independent outdoor walking, but systems need to be tailored to the individual. There is also a need to contradict negative societal perceptions of the ability of people with dementia to live a fulfilled life which is in danger of diminishing GPS's potential to improve quality of life for people with dementia.Implications for RehabilitationWhilst dementia is a disabling and incurable disease, taking advantage of technological developments such as GPS can diminish its negative impact.Appropriate development and use of GPSs offers the potential to enable people wit...
Source: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology. - Category: Rehabilitation Authors: Tags: Disabil Rehabil Assist Technol Source Type: research
Photo credit Nashwin Vaswani Dear Carol: My mom, 78, has some physical disabilities because of severe arthritis. Even so, she’s fully able to manage the two medications that she takes. She can also fix the simple meals that she enjoys and entertain herself with music, TV, and reading. She needs some assistance, but we’re skeptical of assisted living because her friend, also well able to take care of her immediate needs, got burned. This friend liked living in her apartment except that the facility mandated taking over her medications and that she attend a certain number of meals. Their rules made her angry and ...
Source: Minding Our Elders - Category: Geriatrics Authors: Source Type: blogs
MONDAY, Nov. 4, 2019 -- Most people with Down syndrome have dementia by age 55, a new study shows. People with Down syndrome are born with an extra copy of chromosome 21, which often results in developmental disabilities. Surviving to middle age...
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - Category: General Medicine Source Type: news
The number of elderly suffering from dementia and complex disabilities is gradually increasing in nursing homes, and they form a differentiated group that requires palliative care provided by practitioners in various disciplines from the time of their admission to improve the quality of their remaining lives. The purpose of this study was to explore an interdisciplinary care approach by nurses and related practitioners for the demented and complex-disabled elderly in nursing homes that focuses on palliative care based on an ethical point of view. A qualitative thematic analysis was conducted through in-depth interviews of ...
Source: Journal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing - Category: Nursing Tags: Global Exemplar Series Source Type: research
Specialist orthotics care for patients with mobility issues varies significantly depending on where they live, research shows Related items fromOnMedica New funding for sports prosthetics for disabled children Lords demand an end to ‘national scandal’ on social care funding Rate of cognitive decline increases for years after stroke Men ’s dementia risk higher after androgen deprivation therapy Health professionals vary hugely in disability assessments
Source: OnMedica Latest News - Category: UK Health Source Type: news
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