Spain is one of the countries in the world with higher proportion of Alzheimer’s patients among people over 60 years of age, with a total of 800,000 cases, and the prevalence of this disease is expected to double in the next two decades as a consequence of the aging of the population.
This is highlighted by the Spanish Society of Neurology (SEN) on the occasion of the celebration of the World Day of Alzheimer’s Disease, a neurological disease that constitutes the first cause of disability and that, throughout the world, affects more than 40 million people.
It is the most common type of neurodegenerative dementia, although it is estimated that 80% of cases that are still mild they are undiagnosed. Age is the main risk factor and, due to the longer life expectancy of women, its prevalence is currently three times higher than in men.
According to the SEN, Spain is one of the countries in the world with the highest proportion of Alzheimer’s cases among people over 60 years old: 5% of people over 65 suffer from the disease and in people over 90 the percentage increases to 40%.
Although age is the first and most important marker of risk of developing Alzheimer’sOthers, such as high blood pressure, hypercholesterolemia, obesity, sedentary lifestyle, smoking or diabetes also influence.
He having suffered head injuries, it also increases the risk of developing dementia.
The Pasqual Maragall Foundation commemorate this day with the motto # undíaparaolvidar, to vindicate the importance of investing in research to find a cure for this disease and highlight the need to promote dissemination to change their social perception.
The Covid-19 pandemicparticularly affects these patients, the majority of advanced age, with previous pathologies and many of them in residences, who have suffered the worst consequences of confinement, being isolated from their environment and separated from their routines, which has contributed to a deterioration of their disease.