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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 127-134

A race against time: The dementia epidemic

School of Medicine and Public Health, University of Newcastle, Callaghan, New South Wales 2308, Australia

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Balakrishnan Nair
School of Medicine and Public Health, University of Newcastle, Callaghan, New South Wales 2308
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/2321-4848.183363

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The global prevalence of dementia is expected to double every two decades. Consequently, there is an urgent need for high-quality research to identify effective strategies for providing optimal care to people with dementia and their carers. Currently, research in dementia care is fragmented, which has resulted in a division between the fields of diagnosis and management of dementia including end-of-life care. For example, interventions which have been developed to improve the well-being of the person with dementia and their families focus on discrete elements of the person and their family's experience, such as symptom management, dealing with emotional issues, or planning for the future. A more integrated approach is needed to address gaps in care across the trajectory, while recognizing the multitude impacts on the person affected and their families. This approach will make a meaningful difference to the well-being of people with dementia and their carers, and reduce the burden of the disease on the individual, their family, and society.

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