It is estimated that over 3.7 million people are affected by dementia in our country in 2010. This is expected to double by 2030. Despite the magnitude, there is gross ignorance, neglect and services are scarce for people with
dementia and their families. We know that dementia is not part of aging and it is caused by a variety of diseases. We now have a range of options to treat the symptoms of dementia and offer practical help to those affected. It is estimated that the cost of taking care of a person with dementia is about 43000 annually; much of which is met by the families. The financial burden will only increase in the coming years. The challenge posed by dementia as a health and social issue is of a scale we can no longer ignore.

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