‘Alarming rise’ in younger dementia patients

Associate Professor Nagaendran Kandiah – senior consultant, Department of Neurology,National Neuroscience Institute, with his patient, Ms Jennifer Low, 60, and accompanied by her son Joshua Lim. The Straits Times Saturday, Feb 06, 2016The Straits TimesBy Linette Lai Four times as many younger people were diagnosed with dementia last year than in 2011, the National Neuroscience Institute (NNI) revealed yesterday. It had 27 patients under 65 in 2011 and 121 last year, though the reasons for the “alarming” rise are not yet fully understood, according to Associate Professor Nagaendran Kandiah of the NNI’s neurology department. “If this trend continues, we are in big trouble because we don’t have enough services for these patients at the moment,” he said. Prof Nagaendran carried out a study of 250 dementia patients – around a…

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