Some 60,000 people with Alzheimer’s in Castile and León, three times as many as their carers

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Peter Kavinsky

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Valladolid, 21 September (EFE).- It is estimated that there are about 60,000 people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease in Castile and León, triple if their caregivers are taken into account, in a binomial that should be the axis of action as it is expected in 2050 the data is requested, especially in the Community, which has one of the highest life expectancies in Spain.

This was highlighted this Wednesday, World Day of the Disease, which this year aims to demand that the entire route of this dementia be explored through all stages of its evolution, and through both biomedical and social and socio-medical research. defended the president of the Regional Federation of Associations of Relatives and Alzheimer’s Patients in the AFACAYLE community, Domingo Aceves.

In an act in the Ministry of Family and Equal Opportunities, with the support of Director Generals for the Elderly Affairs, Eduardo García and Medical Care, Javier Vadillo, Aceves stressed that the needs of this binomial must be met by advancing at the outset identifying and ensuring adequate budgetary allocations in terms of quality and the number of studies.

From his experience of caring for several relatives with Alzheimer’s for about 14 years, the President of AFACAYLE admitted that the most difficult thing is to realize what you have at home, “learn it” because they are close people, and you don’t know how much sick people will last a while, and you should pay attention to them.

Researcher at the National Center for Cardiovascular Research (CNIC) at his CNIC laboratory in Madrid. EFE / David Fernandez

Alzheimer’s disease is the leading cause of dementia in the world and one of the causes of disability: in Castile and León alone, out of 111,000 dependent people, 42% suffer from some form of dementia.

From AFACAYLE, the requirements for this World National Confederation Day, CEAFA, have been collected, which influence this commitment to research and informing the public about the role and relevance of the various types of research applied or adapted to the evolution of dementia.

“That is, to their route, which begins before the first symptoms appear and continues after the death of a sick person; and thus the research should keep in mind the binomial formed by the person with the disease and the person who cares for them in a family environment,” Aceves said.

“Because it’s not just about researching the disease, but about how to help affected people live with their disease with a minimal level of quality of life, at least until a cure or drug is found to make it chronic or stop progression. it is a disease, a neurodegenerative disease,” he added.

Target: 1% of GDP for dementia

Aceves recalled that caring for people with Alzheimer’s in Spain reaches 3% of annual GDP, so “it would not be unreasonable to set aside 1% of this GDP as a horizon for research on Alzheimer’s and other dementias.”

Both Health and Family and Equal Opportunities analyzed the resources available in the community for the care of such patients and their early diagnosis, programs for both caring for people with dementia and individual care plans and plans and treatment adherence; as with caregiving programs.

The bet that these people can continue to live in their homes, if they choose to do so, with the support they need, as an alternative to the traditional institutionalization model; and for this to promote new technologies such as smart walkers or social robots. EFE

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