The latest case in the seemingly nationwide knack for giving the ‘infirm‘ the cold shoulder, most of the city’s 300,000 Alzheimer’s rarely, if ever, get the care they require, according to the International Symposium on Aging and Medicine in Shanghai. Shanghai Daily reports:
Early detection and early intervention can delay the development of the disease and reduce its seriousness, they said.
Over 250 professionals from 10 countries and regions participated in the meeting to discuss the latest research on age-related diseases and the development of geriatric medicine. Neural diseases, cardiovascular diseases, immunity and traditional Chinese medicine in elderly care were among the prime topics.
So far, there is no medicine to cure Alzheimer’s disease, but early intervention is useful.
Some 700 million people in the world are over 60 years old, a number that is projected to rise to 2 billion in just 11 years, covering over 20 percent of the total population. China has more than 200 million elderly people, whose numbers will double by 2050. Over 27 percent of the registered people in Shanghai are over 60 years old.
Shanghai’s senior population is expected to to reach 6 million people by 2025, making the situation that much more dire. It’s bad enough that the youngsters don’t seem too keen on caring for even the non-Alzheimers-ridden old folks.