October 21, 2021
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More attention needed on Alzheimer’s patients

Date: 23/09/2021 | Source: Pyongyang Times | Read original version at source

Now that the global population is aging at an increasingly fast rate, Alzheimer’s disease has become one of the most serious health challenges both in medical and socio-economic senses.

According to information released by the international Alzheimer’s organization, the number of dementia cases worldwide amounts to 44 million and is expected to triple by 2050.

Founded in 1984, the organization designated September 21 as World Alzheimer’s Day and urges all countries to be aware of the seriousness of the disease and its social aftermath and take measures to prevent it.

In particular, since dementia has become prevalent among relatively young people in their 40s and 50s in recent years, it set September as World Alzheimer’s Month some years ago and conducts intensive awareness-raising activities in those periods to prevent dementia which has so far been regarded as an unavoidable, natural disease for the aged.

In this September, World Alzheimer’s Month, various activities are conducted globally to warn people about dementia and not to forget those who are suffering or died from it.

In the DPRK, efforts are directed into attracting public attention to Alzheimer’s patients so as to overcome their social isolation and enable them to do some worthwhile jobs.

While working to solve health problems arising in connection with the aging of population, researchers in this field are intensifying research into diagnosis and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease and methods of estimating the psychic functions of old people.

Local mass media are trying to provide people with a correct understanding of dementia and useful information related to the treatment of dementia patients.

Meanwhile, training in rudiments of dementia is given to not just neurologists but also other medical workers so that they can detect and manage it in early stage.

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