An internal medicine specialist reveals that patients suffering from symptoms of dementia are on the rise

it is expected that In our country, 7.3% of the population aged 60 or over suffer from some type of dementia And for every thousand people in this age group, there will be 27 new cases every year, which will affect the health care system. Health and pensions, as work disability will be at an early age.

eric Sotomayor, specialized in Internal medicine in SaltilloHe warned that the public health scenario It will be very complicated because the government does not invest in day homes, shelters or nursing homes to provide adequate care for these patients, and in addition, many people do not have a family support network that provides them with adequate care.

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We are witnessing another phenomenon that goes unnoticed by the authorities and society: parents have one or two children, and it is more common for young couples to decide not to have children, meaning that in old age they will no longer have the support of their parents. Children to take care of.”He said.

We are already facing that today. We care for a man or woman who is experiencing symptoms of dementia and whose partner is also beginning to show symptoms of frequent forgetting names, dates and things to do on a daily basis. What will happen to them when dementia kicks in at full intensity??”, It is to explain.

He pointed out that there is a worrying shortage in the number of specialists in geriatrics, gerontology, geriatric psychiatry, neurology, and psychiatry in public health institutions. Such as Social Security and ISSSTE, which prevents them from receiving appropriate follow-up and does not receive treatment Shown To slow cognitive decline.

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He pointed out that “andThe process of dementia is constant, that is, it progresses without stopping. The only thing we can do is prescribe some medications so that the deterioration does not accelerate, and give them treatments to strengthen their memory. We have treated cases where people arrive with symptoms of cognitive decline and die a few years later without full dementia.

“It is a very sensitive and complex issue that the authorities prefer to avoid or ignore, and the candidates are not heard talking about this issue, and the authorities are not informed about what they are doing about it and what strategies they will implement to care for patients and families.“, lament.

He explained that caregivers also need psychological treatment and care; Attend to He revealed that a patient with dementia at home is very physically and emotionally draining.

It is estimated that in In Mexico, more than 90 percent of the care of a person with dementia takes place at home and in very few families They have the resources to admit the patient to a private institution where they will receive adequate care.

He explained that there are several risk factors that can lead to dementia, such as: Hearing loss, low level of education, depression, smoking, alcoholism, obesity, diabetes, sedentary lifestyle, social isolation, and head injuries.

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