Because this affects, EVERYBODY, even IF you don’t have someone who’d been diagnosed with it, yet! Off of the Front Page Sections, translated…
As Taiwan marches toward the super elderly society, dementia will be a major issue that the government will have to deal with in the futures.
The W.H.O. estimated that currently, the total population of those who’d been diagnosed with dementia had exceeded fifty-five million, and, it’s estimated that the number will increase to seventy-eight million by 2030, and by 2050, it’ll get up to 1,390 million. And, every three second now, someone is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, and the total cost needed is one trillion dollars U.S. annually, and by 2030, the costs are expected to double.
Based off of just Taiwan, one out of thirteen elderly over sixty-five is demented, one out of five who are over eighty is demented, on average, there’s one out of five. In the twenty years to come, it’s estimated, that there would be one more who will be diagnosed per thirty minutes, with the population of the demented older adults continuing to rise.
“Didn’t you just ask that?” “Why did you forget again?”, the demented patient would always repeat the same behaviors, asking the same questions, forgetting what was just said to them, and calling their loved ones by the wrong names, with the unstable emotions, getting angry, or cussing out, changing in daily routines, forgetting where one’s residence is, getting lost when going out, forgetting to turn off the stoves, causing the housefires, getting into traffic accidents when they’re wandering outside, having delusions and hallucinations. And so, the caretakers, the families had to face the long-term worries, and the pressures from the caretaking; to the point, of how the lesser families, due to lacking of resources provided, the tragedies.
It’s the government’s duty and responsibility to, make sure that the elderly population live their lives with enough quality, with the dignity and health too.
First, the forums should be offered at the school setting, to help increase the awareness of Alzheimer’s in older adults, to take the label off; and, encouraging the local communities, the charitable groups, the shops locally, to devise a friendly space for the demented elderly to olive, to offer the courses for the families and the elderly to get involved in, to offer the breather programs needed for the families, the trainings of how to care for elderly with dementia, so the elderly patient can live in a familiar environment and get the treatments they are needing, to reduce the burdens of the individual families in taking care of their loved ones.
And, to set up a fuller, more comprehensive program of care, the medical and support system, to diagnose the illness quickly, to treat, to increase the quality of the network of care, to set up more communal care centers, so the families can get the needed information on how to care, how to utilize the resources that are available to them to help care for the aging.
To have more understanding for the demented elderly, more tolerance and respect, to offer help when needed, I’m sure, we can all, take part in this.
Nobody is an outsider when it comes to dementia. We must, set up a “friendly toward Alzheimer’s” country that’s, patient centered, right now.
Because, there are, more and more elderly getting diagnosed, this becomes, a pressing, matter, and, there’s no way we can, catch up to how quickly Alzheimer’s is, taking over, because we are living longer and longer compared to before, and, the deteriorations of the mind comes with aging, and, the government, the rest of the world, has only begun to realize, how serious this problem is for the society, that’s why, this is a call out for help, from everybody in the community here.
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