Changing cultural and social dynamics has brought a major shift in lifestyles and associated risk factors for various disorders that were previously uncommon in Pakistan. Dementia is among the one of these emerging problems that is going to affect the elderly population worldwide but more so in the developing world. To adequately deal with the problems faced by patients with dementia and their caregivers, several important measures are needed that can help to reduce the morbidity and burden on the families and overall society. Increasing the awareness regarding the risk factors may help to reduce the dementia burden similarly knowledge about its symptoms will help early recognition and proper referral. Several modifications in the health system like focus on the palliative care, specialized dementia trained personnel and separate care units for dementia are the need of the time. Moreover, research regarding the various complementary therapies and enrolment into international research trials should be encouraged.
Zaman, Qamar; Siddiqui, Maimoona; and Malik, Zaha Iqbal
"Dementia in Pakistan; an unprecedented Challenge and local cultural beliefs, problems And actions required.,"
Pakistan Journal of Neurological Sciences (PJNS): Vol. 14:
1, Article 4.
Available at: https://ecommons.aku.edu/pjns/vol14/iss1/4