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Dementia in Latin America: Epidemiological Evidence and Implications for Public Policy

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dc.contributor.author Custodio, Nilton
dc.contributor.author Wheelock, Ana
dc.contributor.author Thumala, Daniela
dc.contributor.author Slachevsky, Andrea
dc.date.accessioned 2018-01-11T15:50:23Z
dc.date.available 2018-01-11T15:50:23Z
dc.date.issued 2017
dc.identifier.citation Front Aging Neurosci. 2017; 9: 221 es_CL
dc.identifier.uri http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fnagi.2017.00221 es_CL
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11447/1886
dc.description.abstract Population aging is among the most important global transformations. Today, 12% of the world population is of age 60 and over and by the middle of this century this segment will represent 21.5%. The increase in population of those aged 80 and over, also referred to as the “oldest old” or the “very elderly”, will be even more pronounced, going from 1.7% of the population to 4.5% within the same period. Compared to European and North American countries, Latin America (LA) is experiencing this unprecedented demographic change at a significantly faster rate. Due to demographic and health transitions, the number of people with dementia will rise from 7.8 million in 2013 to over 27 million by 2050. Nowadays, the global prevalence of dementia in LA has reached 7.1%, with Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) being the most frequent type. This level is similar to those found in developed countries; however, the dementia rate is twice as high as that of the 65–69 years age group in developed countries. In addition, the prevalence and incidence of dementia is higher among illiterate people. Mortality rates due to dementia have risen considerably. The burden and costs of the disease are high and must be covered by patients’ families. The prevention of dementia and the development of longterm care policies and plans for people with dementia in LA, which take into account regional differences and similarities, should be urgent priorities. es_CL
dc.format.extent 11 es_CL
dc.language.iso en_US es_CL
dc.publisher Frontiers Research Foundation es_CL
dc.subject Latin America es_CL
dc.subject dementia es_CL
dc.subject epidemiology es_CL
dc.subject public policy es_CL
dc.subject Alzheimer es_CL
dc.subject dementia plan es_CL
dc.subject caregiver burden es_CL
dc.subject cost of dementia es_CL
dc.title Dementia in Latin America: Epidemiological Evidence and Implications for Public Policy es_CL
dc.type Artículo es_CL


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