In collaboration with the University of West of Scotland and Alzheimer Scotland, UK, on April 30, Manipal College of Nursing, Manipal will host and organize a symposium on ‘Advanced Dementia’. This symposium is going to include focus group discussion on challenges faced by caregivers. Around 4 million people are suffering from the symptom in India itself; hence there is an immediate need to take necessary steps.
There should be an understanding of advanced dementia-related abuse and abandonment and steps to be taken to develop practical and theoretical understanding among practitioners, policy decision-makers and the public about advanced dementia. Within India, there is an emergency to develop dementia education aligned with the Global Sustainable Development Goals.
In India, Advanced dementia is a hidden problem that makes individuals and sometimes their young carers at high risk of poverty and other inequalities. Globally around fifty million people are living with dementia and India has the second highest number of people suffering from it.
In India, most number of people with dementia live in multi-generational households and around 50% are children under the age of 16 and the care is provided by family members and local home nurses.