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Saturday, September 18, 2010

The cost of ignoring Alzheimer's : India data 2010

Alzheimer's is a chronic syndrome characterised by a progressive deterioration in intellect including memory, learning, orientation, language, comprehension and judgement. It mainly affects older people;only about 2 per cent of cases start before the age of 65 years. After this, the prevalence doubles every five years, becoming one of the major causes of disability in late-life.

According to India Dementia report to be released on 21st Sep 2010 at New Delhi at National Dementia Summit:

In India, 90% of the cases of dementia are actually Alzheimer's disease

In 2010, India is home to 37 lakh PwD (People with Dementia)

1 out of 50 normal households will have a PwD and 1 out of 16 households with at least one older member will have a PwD

Every third household has a person older than 60 years living at home

The societal cost of dementia for India is estimated to be $3. 4 bn

The total treatment cost per person with dementia is Rs 43, 285 annually

After age 65, the likelihood of developing Alzheimer's roughly doubles every five years

At the age of 85, the odds of a person developing it are close to 50 per cent

The annual estimated worldwide cost of dementia care is $604 bn

If dementia care were a country, it would be the world's 18th largest economy

Low-income countries accounted for just under 1 per cent of total worldwide costs (14 per cent of prevalence); middle income countries accounted for 10 per cent of the costs (40 per cent of prevalence) and high income countries for 89 per cent of the costs (46 per cent of prevalence)

Prevalence of Alzheimer's reported from Indian studies amongst the elderly range from 0. 6% to 3. 5% in rural areas and 0. 9% to 4. 8% in urban areas

By 2026, more than 5 lakh PwD are expected to be living in Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra

Rajasthan, Gujarat, Bihar, West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh, Orissa, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu have between 20, 000 and 40, 000 PwD

Compared to 2006, Delhi, Bihar and Jharkhand are expected to witness 200% increment in the total number of dementia cases

Jammu and Kashmir, UP, Rajasthan, MP, West Bengal, Assam, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Haryana, Uttaranchal, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu are expected to witness a 100% increase in Alzheimer's cases


Source: http://www.timescrest.com/life/the-cost-of-ignoring-alzheimers-3496

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