Despite being a global health priority, progress towards the understanding and treatment of dementia in low- and middle-income countries has been slow. This issue is of importance given the rapidly ageing populations in these countries, which in turn will lead to a greater number of dementia cases placing further stress upon a country’s health and social care system. The informal care burden is also likely to be higher in these low resources countries mainly because the round-the-clock care is essential for those with advanced stages of dementia.
This study summarises the finding of individual interviews with people living with dementia and their family caregivers in Pakistan. The study also analyses the understanding of the general population and stakeholders about dementia and its care in Pakistan. The study is novel in identifying the interaction between dementia symptoms and Islamic obligatory daily prayers, and how this causes distress among people living with dementia and family caregivers.
Published: Age International, 2019
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