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Journal of Gerontology & Geriatric Research
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Research Article

Alzheimers Disease and Dementia, Under-Recognized Public Health Crisis in China

Mi Tian, Yan Zeng*, Libo Sun and Qingmin Wu*
The School of Medicine, Wuhan University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China
Corresponding Authors : Yan Zeng
Department of Pathophysiology, School of Medicine Wuhan University of Science and Technology
Wuhan 430065, China
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  Qingming Wu
The School of Medicine
Wuhan University of Science and Technology
Wuhan 430065, China
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E-mail: [email protected]
Received June 14, 2014; Accepted July 06, 2014; Published July 08, 2014
Citation: Tian M, Zeng Y, Sun L, Wu Q (2014) Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia, Under-Recognized Public Health Crisis in China. J Gerontol Geriat Res 3:162. doi:10.4172/2167-7182.1000162
Copyright: © 2014 Tian Mi, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
 

Abstract

Exponential rise in aging population in China projects that the country will be facing an upsurge in the dementia population in next few decades. It is pertinent to improve public knowledge through better understanding of the epidemiology, impact on financial and health system and family, and intervention strategies. This review was conducted to collect Chinese journal publications, government policies, and project documents of Alzheimer’s or dementia over past two decades, as well as to consult Chinese psychiatrists and neurologists with expertise in the field. The results showed that the emerging prevalence of dementia in China is rising far faster than thought, and it has been imposing tremendous challenge to the health and financial system, as well as the community and family members. However, the public awareness is poor, basic and clinical researches are paucity, national supportive strategies are lacking, and the availability of social benefit is inadequate.

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