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Dementia hits 10% of elderly aged 60 and above

Given up or cut down on work:

GIVEN UP: 8.1%

CUT DOWN: 12.5%

NEITHER GIVEN UP NOR CUT DOWN: 79.4%

Some of the factors associated with dementia are:

AGE*

Those aged 75 to 84 were 4.3 times more likely to have dementia than those aged 60 to 74.

Those aged 85 and above were 18.4 times more likely to have dementia than those aged 60 to 74.

STROKE*

Those who had experienced a stroke before were 7.1 times more likely to have dementia than those who had not experienced a stroke.

DEPRESSION*

Those who had depression were 2 times more likely to have dementia than those who did not have depression.

JOB STATUS*

Homemakers were 25.6 times more likely to have dementia than those in paid work.

Retired people were 30.3 times more likely to have dementia than those in paid work.

The Well-being of the Singapore Elderly study, which was conducted in 2013, has been completed.

The study, led by the Institute of Mental Health, surveyed those aged 60 and above in Singapore.

Here are its findings:

  • The prevalence of dementia among those aged 60 and above here is 10%.

Other studies cited show:

  • China: Urban: 8%; Rural 4.8%
  • India: Urban: 8.2%; Rural 8.7%
  • Cuba: 12.6%
  • Dominican Republic: 9.8%

Percentage of people who are caring for dementia patients aged 60 years old and above:

FAMILY MEMBERS: 51.8%

PAID CAREGIVERS: 47.8%

FRIENDS OR NEIGHBOURS: 0.4%