85% of people with dementia are at risk of not receiving adequate care after diagnosis.
It emerges from the Alzheimer 2022 World Report released on the occasion of the World Day by the Alzheimer Italy Federation, representative for our country of ADI – Alzheimer’s Disease International.
The Report, drawn up in collaboration with McGill University of Montreal in Canada, therefore focuses on the need to enhance and make accessible all those essential treatment, care and support services capable of improving the quality of life of people with dementia, including pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatments, caregiving, support for activities of daily life, home care and all those activities of social inclusion.
“The diagnosis of dementia is, for those who receive it and their family, an extremely dramatic moment, but it is essential to say that life does not end with that diagnosis and it is not the disease that defines the person indeed, it is precisely from that moment that a path of treatment and inclusion must necessarily begin “, underlines Gabriella Porro, president of the Alzheimer Federation of Italy.
In Italy it is estimated that there are currently 1,487,368 people with dementia, a number destined to increase by 56% by 2050, when there will be 2,316,951. To cope with this emergency in our country, the Alzheimer Italy Federation underlines the need for urgent and concrete interventions, starting with the development of regional plans on dementia. Another necessary intervention is the activation of PDTA (Diagnostic Therapeutic Assistance Paths) with clear and uniform indications.
“When a person is diagnosed with cancer is there no question of whether they need treatment, likewise why are people who are diagnosed with dementia often not offered adequate treatment?” says Paola Barbarino, CEO of ADI.
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