The importance of detecting and managing comorbidities in people with dementia?


Dementia is a debilitating condition characterised by global loss of cognitive and intellectual functioning, which gradually interferes with social and occupational performance. It is a common worldwide condition with a significant impact on society. There are currently 36 million people worldwide with Alzheimer's disease (AD) and other dementias [1]. This is expected to more than double by 2030 (65 million) and reach ∼115 million in 2050, unless a major breakthrough is made. The worldwide societal costs were estimated at USD 604 billion in 2010 and rising [2]. To date research on the specific physical healthcare needs of people with dementia has been neglected. Yet, physical comorbidities are reported as common in people with dementia [3] and have been shown to lead to increased disability and reduced quality of life for the affected person and their carer [4]. Dementia is most frequently associated with older people who often present with other medical conditions, known as co-morbidities. Such co-morbidities include diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder, musculoskeletal disorders and chronic cardiac failure and are common, 61% of people with …

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Divisions: College of Health & Life Sciences
College of Health & Life Sciences > Aston Pharmacy School
College of Health & Life Sciences > Chronic and Communicable Conditions
Additional Information: This is a pre-copyedited, author-produced PDF of an article accepted for publication in Age and Ageing following peer review. The version of record Fox, C., Smith, T., Maidment, I., Hebding, J., Madzima, T., Cheater, F., ... Young, J. (2014). The importance of detecting and managing comorbidities in people with dementia?. Age and ageing, 43(6), 741-743 is available online at:
Uncontrolled Keywords: cognitive impairment,diseases,multiple pathologies,older people,Ageing,Geriatrics and Gerontology
Publication ISSN: 1468-2834
Last Modified: 23 Feb 2024 08:07
Date Deposited: 18 Aug 2014 13:10
Full Text Link: http://ageing.o ... ontent/43/6/741
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PURE Output Type: Letter
Published Date: 2014-09-11
Published Online Date: 2014-07-19
Authors: Fox, Chris
Smith, Toby
Maidment, Ian (ORCID Profile 0000-0003-4152-9704)
Hebding, Jennifer
Madzima, Tairo
Cheater, Francine
Cross, Jane
Poland, Fiona
White, Jacqueline
Young, John



Version: Accepted Version

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