The World Alzheimer Report 2013 ‘Journey of Caring: An analysis of long-term care for dementia’, reveals that, as the world population ages, the traditional system of “informal” care by family, friends, and community will require much greater support. Globally, 13% of people aged 60 or over require long-term care. Between 2010 and 2050, the total number of older people with care needs will nearly treble from 101 to 277 million.
Long-term care is mainly about care for people with dementia; around half of all older people who need personal care have dementia, and 80% of older people in nursing homes are living with dementia. The worldwide cost of dementia care is currently over US$600 billion, or around 1% of global GDP.
In association with World Alzheimer’s day, Dr. Rajeev .M.M., chairperson, Dept of Social Work, Amrita University made an invited talk on “Approaches and challenges in Dementia care: Practical lessons” for a one day workshop on “Dementia” organized in joint association with Alive India and Dept of Social Work at St.Joseph’s College, Pilathara, Payyanur.