One of the most common types of dementia is Alzheimer’s disease. Dementia is a group of diseases which is associated with intellectual disabilities and loss of memory.
It is a progressive disease that worsens with time.
In some cases, it is believed to be genetic, but the exact cause of Alzheimer’s is not known. The brain cells degenerate and die, leading to a decline in mental functions and memory loss.
A higher number of the country’s elderly population suffers from dementia. In Pakistan there is no population-based study on neurological diseases, dementia in Pakistan has so far been understudied.
Currently, in Pakistan, the estimated young people aged between 15 and 24 are almost 36 million, which are the most that have ever lived in Pakistan’s history. By 2050, they will be at risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
Statistics say that in every 3 seconds, someone, somewhere in the world develops dementia.
The number of people living with dementia (PWD) is increasing around the world, and it is expected that the number will be doubled in next 20 years, and PWD will reach at 152 million by 2050.
The increase in the number of PWD shows that the world is ageing fast, and it is resulting in a huge global impact of dementia on societies globally.
Since, September is marked as the global World Alzheimer’s Month so, a couple of days back Alzheimer’s Pakistan officially kicked off World Alzheimer’s Month with an awareness session at Kinnaird College for Women University, Lahore.
The secretary general of Alzheimer’s Pakistan [Dr. Hussain Jafri] conducted the session, which covered all the necessary topics about the disease such as an overview of Dementia, its prevalence, introduction to Alzheimer’s Pakistan and its services et cetera.
A large number of students and faculty members attended the Awareness Session.
The secretary-general also spoke on the support options available for those living with Dementia and their caregivers.
In the end, there was also a Q&A and discussion session for the students. The participants were also informed about the Dementia Friends movement.
Furthermore, Dr. Jafri also elaborated that how students can participate in this campaign.
To conclude, I would bring to light the fact that it is the time to initiate the much-needed healthcare services for the elderly in our country including the PWD.
We should realize the fact that the increase in the number of PWD is alarming.
We request the newly elected govt. to start geriatric services in government hospitals. Moreover, following WHO’s global plan on dementia, the govt. should launch the Dementia plan in the country.