THERE are 10,000 patients with Alzheimer’s disease in Cyprus today, while the number will nearly triple worldwide by the middle of this century, from 101 million at present to 277 million in 2050, according to the world Alzheimer report.
“Given the expected increase in patients with Alzheimer’s disease, the state should proceed with significant investments in planning to offer the best health service, high quality care and to offer hope, dignity and a quality of life for sufferers and their families,” the Cyprus commissioner for volunteerism, Yiannis Yiannakis said.
On the occasion of world Alzheimer’s day on September 21, he also noted that “Alzheimer’s disease affects the daily lives and the way the whole family lives. Those who assume responsibility for the care of Alzheimer patients face an unbearable psychological, physical and economic burden.”
For this reason, he concluded, “state health services, voluntary and non-governmental organisations specialising in this field, patients, carers and health professionals should cooperate to promote the quality of life of people with dementia, and to support all families of patients so they can cope better with the burden of caring for their loved ones.”