There are currently 5 million people suffering from dementia in the world, experts say

There are currently 5 million people suffering from dementia in the world, experts say

KARACHI: Mental health experts have said that at present there are 5 million people worldwide suffering from dementia, which will reach 150 million by 2050.Under the World Mental Health Day organized by Dr. Abdul Qadir Khan Institute of Behavioral Sciences, a subsidiary of the Dow University of Health Sciences, 12% of people over the age of 70 die of dementia, every three seconds in the world. An elderly person with dementia suffers greatly from the need for others.

A global study has shown that two-thirds of older adults have the risk of developing dementia.

The seminar was addressed by renowned neuro-logician Dr. Bashir Ahmed Soomro, Dr. Haider Naqvi, Dr. Qirat-ul-Ain, Executive Director Brigadier Shoaib Ahmed and others. According to Alzheimer's Disease International, about 5 million people with dementia are currently living in the world, according to experts.

Dr. Bashir Ahmad Soomro, in his address on the diagnosis and treatment of dementia and Alzheimer's symptoms, said that initially dementia consists of medium-term changes in memory, but these changes do not affect normalization and autonomy.

He said the factors that cause dementia include age, Alzheimer's or Parkinson's in family history, head injury, depression, diabetes, hypertension, Down's syndrome and others. The disease is even more common in women because our women are generally older.

He said that 60 to 80 percent of people with dementia suffer from Alzheimer's, while 30 percent of people with Parkinson's have anxiety related to dementia. He elaborated on the treatment and precautions of dementia and said that it is important to understand the different types of treatment for dementia, with the complete history of the patients can be prevented from developing dementia by eliminating the risk factor.

Speaking on the occasion, Professor Haider Naqvi, head of the psychology department at the Civil Hospital, said there was a need to move forward in the field of dementia diagnosis. He also stressed the need to create an association to spread awareness about dementia.

Dr. Qara-ul-Ain informed participants about the latest information regarding the diagnosis and treatment of dementia. Experts said that 62% of clinicians believe that dementia is a common occurrence at an early age, while neglecting dementia disease requires attention.