a subtle but nevertheless deadly insidious illness with no cure insight.
47.5 million people worldwide have dementia, that is a little over 14.5 persons diagnosed every minute with a average survival time for people diagnosed of about four and a half years, new research shows. Those diagnosed before age 70 typically live for a decade or longer. Just over half 58% living in low- and middle-income countries. Every year, there are 7.7 million new cases. There is significant social and economic implications in terms of direct medical costs, direct social costs and the costs of informal care. In 2010, the total global societal costs of dementia was estimated to be US$ 604 billion. This corresponds to 1.0% of the worldwide gross domestic product (GDP), or 0.6% if only direct costs are considered. The total cost as a proportion of GDP varied from 0.24% in low-income countries to 1.24% in high-income countries. sources World Health Organization and WebMd
Myth, has it as a time line that only old people develop it. Before that many of us have had that time when we have forgotten where the keys are and forget a item when shopping and we coin it a seniors moment. The truth is it can touch the lives of younger people, whose long term goals may never be achieved, retirement coming early for both normally. No two stories are the same! Our aim is to provide a few stories of the journey to diagnosis. How dementia affected them and spouse, defacto or support carer.
The blogs are on how we dealt with the upheaval in our lives and what we are doing to live life to its fullest. There is a small area on medical definition and symptoms of dementia. Dementia has physical, psychological, social and economical impact on caregivers, families and society.