Demography Of Dementia And Alzheimer 's Disease

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Chapter 1: Introduction Demography of Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease The number of people with dementia is escalating worldwide. An estimated 35.6 million people worldwide had dementia in 2010 and this number is projected to more than triple to 115.4 million in 2050. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia and contributes to 60-70 % of the dementia cases (WHO, 2012). Approximately 5.2 million Americans of all ages had Alzheimer’s in 2014, including an estimated 5 million people age 65 and older (Alzheimer’s Association, 2014). The escalating number of people with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease is affecting increasing number of lives and the systems that care for them. It is disabling to the individuals who have it and can be devastating to the caregivers and their families. Caring for people with dementia posits huge major challenges in the upcoming decades. Therefore, the issues related to dementia such as negative stereotypes, need for attitude change and the ways to promote positive attitude toward people with dementia should be critically investigated and addressed to be better prepared in the future to tackle the challenges likely to be faced with escalating number of people with dementia. Negative stereotypes toward people with dementia Several studies have revealed negative stereotypes toward people with dementia such as people with dementia are anxious and unpredictable, are incapable of expressing themselves creatively, and are difficult to deal

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