Comparative Study on Dementia Care between China & Europe


Dementia is a syndrome due to disease of the brain – usually of a chronic or progressive nature – in which there is disturbance of multiple higher cortical functions, including memory, thinking, orientation, comprehension, calculation, learning capacity, language, and judgment.

Globally there is a new case of dementia every four seconds, and by 2020 we will see nearly 70 million people living with the condition. The worldwide cost of dementia care is around $600 billion. If dementia care were a country, it would be the world’s 18th largest economy, ranking between Turkey and Indonesia. If it were a company, it would be the biggest in the world by annual revenue, exceeding Wal-Mart (US$414 billion) and Exxon Mobil (US$311 billion). An estimated 28 million people with dementia worldwide haven’t received a formal diagnosis, which explains the important of dementia care crisis.

Dementia mainly affects older people. Population ageing is a key social problem both in China and European countries. Particularly rapidly increase in the numbers and proportions of older people in China. As the size and proportion of the Chinese population age 65 and older continue to increase, the number of Chinese with dementias will grow. Both China and European countries have presented a positive strategy, policy or guideline to address the facing growing dementia challenge. Although there is a significant difference among the economic development, culture diversity, lifestyle and diet between China and Europe. So it will be much mutual beneficial for improving dementia care outcome if China and European countries could realize their respective highlight and share effective measures in the field. In
this work which has been funded by Erasmus project Memory Media, a comparative study has been done between China and European countries and region representative of Spain, Sweden and Scotland, with a view to improve the potential current health care service standards and guidelines for dementia care crisis.

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