Colombo, Sri Lanka, 21, September 2021: The above report has found that an estimated 41 million cases of dementia go undiagnosed across the globe. This, combined with new breakthroughs in treatment for diagnosis, could overwhelm unprepared healthcare systems say Lanka Alzheimers Foundation and Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI),
According to the new World Health Organisation (WHO) statistics, Dementia is the seventh leading cause of death among all diseases worldwide. Stigma is still a major barrier to diagnosis, and combined with lack of awareness is hampering efforts to support people living with dementia..
Furthermore, the ongoing COVID 19 pandemic has been identified for causing additional delays and wait times for providing diagnosis.
ADI continues to call on Governments worldwide to implement their country National Dementia Action Plan, that will enable people with dementia to receive their diagnosis and know what to do next, as dementia is a progressive disease & figures are growing every year.