Published On: Fri, Jan 17th, 2014

Alzheimer increases in Curacao

alzheimersWILLEMSTAD - Alzheimer's disease is a threat to public health in Curacao. The disease is growing rapidly and is still not dealt with accordingly. This is evident from the Trend Report from Caribbean FWG in the field of healthcare.

The increase in the Alzheimer's disease is a critical concern, also the increase of this disease among people younger than fifty years.

The Alzheimer's Foundation Curaçao was established in the year 2000 and it is affiliated with the International Federation of Alzheimer's Disease International (ADI).

The Foundation provides information and support to clients and families/care providers. In addition, the foundation provides training for nurses and care providers.

On Curaçao, several studies were conducted to determine what the policy should from the perspective of care recipients, care providers, insurance companies and the government.

For years the government has argued for example, that the elderly, who suffer from this disease, should stay in his or her own environment as much and as long as possible. Nevertheless, there is still no clear policy in this area in Curaçao. The various documents indicate that it is necessary for the government to set priorities.

Aging on the island also requires an elderly (care) policy. In 1995, 12.1 percent of the population was aged 60 years and older, the expectation is that 2020 it will be 25 percent.

At the same time there is a visible increase in the level of care for the elderly.

Foundation Birgen di Rosario, one of the largest institutions for the elderly, as a response, is now engaged in a process of transformation which switches the organization from just a home for the elderly to nursing home, with a completely different organization and staffing.

The research shows that many older people are socially isolated. Young people leave the island and this leads to loneliness, and this is reinforced by the fact that older people often do not have access to a computer and therefore no access to social media. The exodus of young people also affects the care for the elderly.

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