77,000 to suffer from dementia by 2019

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 14 January, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 14 January, 2010, 12:00am

By 2019, 77,000 people aged 70 or older living in the community - excluding those in hospitals or homes for the elderly - will have dementia, Secretary for Labour and Welfare Matthew Cheung Kin-chung predicts. According to a 2006 study conducted by the Department of Health and Chinese University, about 9.3 per cent of those in that age group will suffer from dementia.