South Korea Declares War on Dementia

With one of the world’s fastest aging populations, South Korea is beginning to prepare for an onslaught of Alzheimer cases. With almost 30 million cases now — an estimated 100 million by 2050 — this fascinating New York Times article details some measures the country is taking in its “War on Dementia.”

Innovative ideas include:
– training children to be “dementia supporters”
– building hundreds of neighbourhood dementia diagnostic centres
creating a long-term care insurance system to help defray the costs of treatment and nursing homes