In India, there is a lack of high-quality data that contributes little to the overall burden of Alzheimer’s disease among younger and older individuals. Due to this, we need more large-scale epidemiological studies that target the diversities in India to give more meaningful information to produce prevention strategies.
Dementia is not an unknown condition in India. If you search for secondary data online, you will get published information that discusses the projection of dementia. However, it is not the case with Alzheimer’s disease. Research has shown that 5.3 million people were above the age of 60 and had dementia in 2020. This means 1 in 27 people above the age of 60 had dementia.
Besides this, the maximum cases of dementia are in people above 65 years. Dementia is not common in people below 65 years, which means this condition does not have an early onset in India. The signs of dementia are noticed years before reaching a diagnosable stage. Moreover, the delay in receiving the diagnosis and treatment is much longer for elderly people because most of them are taken care of by their families. In India, there is a need to study the pathological changes that lead to Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) and finally dementia.
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