Voices in Dementia Care
Based on Interviews by Jean Galiana and Sofia Widén
Dementia takes a toll on every person it touches, the person living with dementia, their loved ones, caregivers, family, and friends. There is no telling when or whom it will hit. The effect of dementia on families is immense. The impact on societies is even greater.
Nearly fifty million people globally are living with dementia. The condition strikes so often and so arbitrarily that is has been dubbed “The Silent Epidemic”. The number of people with dementia is expected to double every twenty years, reaching seventy five million in 2030 and 131.5 million in 2050. Much of the increase in dementia rates and deaths due to dementia is fueled by demographic change, with people in rich and poor countries alike living longer lives. The number of people over the age of sixty is expected to more than double by 2050 and more than triple by 2100. While dementia is not caused by aging, it is much more prevalent among older individuals compared to the young. At present, the global population of people sixty and older is growing faster than any other age group.
Across the board, countries and communities must begin to bear an increasingly heavy burden of costs for dementia care and treatment. Dementia is a complicated disorder and providing high quality, coordinated, and low cost care is a challenge for any country.
Voices in Dementia Care is based on a series of interviews with dementia care experts across Europe and the United States. It captures the voices of these care professionals as they describe the challenges of delivering high quality dementia care with limited resources. The book also provides a critical analysis of best practices that can be adapted and applied by both institutional and home care providers.