Bangladesh is currently undergoing a demographic transition and the ratio of the population, 60 years and older is gradually increasing. Currently, older people account for around 7% of the country’s total population, amounting to roughly 10 million people. By 2050, the 60+ population will account for 20% of the total population-a four-fold increase from the present time,but unfortunately we are not enough concern about our innocent elder persons, who need proper care and treatment. Many people are able to age in good health and remain active participants in society throughout their lives as they can control some communicable disease .But others experience physical and cognitive limitations, and may lose the ability to live independently. Dementia is the reason behind to destroy aged people cognitive ability and normal lifestyles and the victims are mostly people aged 60 plus.
‘Dementia’ is a wide range of symptoms associated with a decline in memory or other thinking skills severe enough to reduce a person's ability to perform everyday activities and gradually it leads a people to death. According to Alzheimer Society of Bangladeshit is estimated that there are about 4,60,000 people with dementia in Bangladesh in 2015 while the number will rise to 8,34,000 in 2030 and 21,93,000 in 2050 respectively.What we will do if unfortunately our closest one is victim of it?
Research shows that most people currently living with dementia have not received a formal diagnosis. In high income countries, only 20-50% of dementia cases are recognized and documented in primary care, even there is no specific treatment or medication to treat dementia except care.This is the time for Bangladesh to be prepared for future.
Sir William Beveridge Foundation Bangladesh an UK based charity organization having motto working for a better society; paid their attention to fight against dementia throughout the country. We are trying our level best to aware people, ensuring proper care for people with dementia, and doing some researches to upgrade our knowledge regarding these issues.I am so happy to be apart of work we do for people with dementia, if I can make at least one person comfortable and happy, it makes my day. It will be our pleasure, if you join with us to ensure safe health for vulnerable senior citizens. Please keep in mind, though aging is natural process, we must have to go through it, but for sure we will not expect dementia: a curse for anyone. It is our duty to ensure dementia free society for a developed Bangladesh.
Nahian Fyrose Fahim
Head of Dementia; Sir Willium Beveridge Foundation
Research Associate; Daffodil International University