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Behavioral and Psychosocial Treatments of Dementia in Mexico

  • Silvia Mejía-ArangoEmail author
  • Mariana López-Ortega
  • Laura Barba-Ramírez
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Abstract

The increase of the elder population in Mexico has led to a growth in individuals with chronic diseases among which the dementias stand out. Approximately 800,000 people in Mexico have some form of dementia, a figure that will triple in the next 30 years. The accelerated process of aging of the population that has occurred in the past years has led to the need by the health system to prioritize the timely diagnosis of degenerative diseases including dementia, leaving the intervention in the background and oriented exclusively to the family as an instrument for the application of treatments. In a context of great social inequalities and economic constraints, the family must cope with the multiple manifestations of dementia related to the progressive deterioration of cognitive functions, within which the behavioral and psychiatric symptoms occupy a predominant place because of their negative effect on the patient’s health and on the mental health of the caregiver. The lack of access to nursing homes and related facilities, in-home registered nurses and home health aides, and other home- and community-based services in Mexico leaves the management of behavioral and psychiatric symptoms of dementia in the hands of families and caregivers who accomplish the caring process in highly disadvantaged contexts.

Keywords

Behavioral Symptoms Dementia Informal Care Mexico Older Adults Psychological Symptoms 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Silvia Mejía-Arango
    • 1
    Email author
  • Mariana López-Ortega
    • 2
  • Laura Barba-Ramírez
    • 3
  1. 1.El Colegio de la Frontera Norte, Department of Population StudiesTijuanaMexico
  2. 2.National Institutes of Health, Mexico, National Institute of GeriatricsCuernavacaMexico
  3. 3.National Council to Prevent Discrimination, Mexico; El Colegio de la Frontera NorteTijuanaMexico

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