More than 9m people in China have dementia, study finds

An elderly woman participates in a survey on dementia during in Hong Kong.  Around 9.19 million people in China had dementia in 2010. Photo: Edward Wong

Around 9.19 million people in China had dementia in 2010, compared with 3.68 million 20 years earlier, according to a study on Friday that throws a spotlight on an emerging health crisis.

Friday, 7 June, 2013, 10:00am 1 comment

Tai chi, mahjong offer hope for dementia patients

Memorising moves exercises the mind. Photo: May Tse

It seems two popular pastimes in Hong Kong - mahjong and tai chi - have more than just sweeping hand movements in common. A recent study indicates they can both keep elderly minds sharp.

22 Apr 2013 - 9:42am

Letters to the Editor, March 9, 2013

Old factories can be converted into flats. Photo: Edward Wong

My father is a dementia patient who cannot recognise people or his surroundings. As we never let him hold any cash or an Octopus card, we have discovered a disturbing fact; Hong Kong's public transport system allows people without the ability to care for themselves to travel long distances without paying fares.

9 Mar 2013 - 2:31am 1 comment

Dutch care home gives dementia sufferers illusion of normal life

Left: dementia sufferer Jo Verhoeff is encouraged to perform everyday duties in the care home.Photo: NYT

Jo Verhoeff twinkles; there's no other word for it. Welcome, she says. It's nice here, you'll like it. The people are friendly and there's so much to do: shopping, cooking, bingo and the classical music club. It's a nice place to visit.

10 Sep 2012 - 9:31am

Train the brain

Cognitive training, including puzzles, handicrafts and life skills, are known to reduce the risk and help slow down the progress of dementia among the elderly.

1 May 2012 - 12:00am

Coping with the problems of ageing

Defining 'old'

The saying goes, you are only as old as you feel. So someone who is 70 might think they are quite young, but someone who is only 60 might feel as if they are old. But in most countries, people are deemed old when they reach retirement age. This is usually between the ages of 60 to 70.

29 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Putting old people into the picture

One can never be too old to draw. Art in Hospital (AIH) is a non-profit organisation that uses art as a healing tool. Operation Santa Claus (OSC) will help AIH run 'Art Cherish - Holistic Art Workshops for Elderly Patients'. A total of 384 patients from Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital and Grantham Hospital will benefit from the scheme.

1 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Caring for ailing parents stresses families to the limit

Dementia, stroke, osteoporosis and other ailments among Hong Kong's growing ranks of elderly people have put a severe strain on family caregivers and household finances.

May Cheung Yuet-kam, a housewife, knows how exhausting this can be. She looks after her mother, Ng Choi-yiu, who developed dementia 10 years ago.

20 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Dementia strategy a matter of urgency

Dementia is moving up the list of modern killers because it is an incurable syndrome of ageing - most commonly in the form of Alzheimer's disease - and people are living longer. As a result dementia-related conditions have displaced diabetes among the five biggest non-communicable causes of death in Hong Kong.

15 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Education the key as dementia rate rises

With dementia cases set to double in the next two decades, governments must raise public awareness to improve both prevention and the quality of life of people it affects, an international concern group has urged.

7 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Calls for training in diagnosing dementia

Doctors need more training to improve their confidence in diagnosing and treating dementia, researchers say, after a survey found that less than one-third of medics were confident of diagnosing the disease, and 20 per cent preferred not to handle patients that have it.

22 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

77,000 to suffer from dementia by 2019

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.

14 Jan 2010 - 12:00am

'Road trip' getting an early start this year

The 'cheerful road trip' that is Operation Santa Claus will begin early for some of its long-term donors.

Corporations, schools and other organisations are helping to raise funds for this year's 13 beneficiaries.

13 Nov 2008 - 12:00am

Inventor devises a sound idea

A detection system invented by a university graduate may provide a simple way of preventing dementia patients from getting lost.

The system - dubbed a high-sensitivity field interference wander detector, comprises a sensor fixed to the door and a metal needle worn by the user.

It rings if a user goes out of the door.

10 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Activity key to preventing dementia

Few people can guess Sze Lok-wan's age. The 104-year-old's mental alertness and swift reactions belie her years.

And Ms Sze, who likes knitting, can still turn out a cushion cover or a pair of children's socks in one night.

Ms Sze attributes her longevity and good health - apart from problems with blood pressure - to an active lifestyle.

22 Sep 2007 - 12:00am