Impact of Alzheimer's Disease in Nine Asian Countries

Yuan Han Yang, Kenichi Meguro, Sang Yun Kim, Yong Soo Shim, Xin Yu, Christopher Li Hsian Chen, Huali Wang, Linda Lam, Vorapun Senanarong, Jacqueline Dominguez, Pei Yuan Lu, Yu Te Lin, Chaur Jong Hu, Pai Yi Chiu, Jong Ling Fuh, Wen Fu Wang, Bao Cheng Yu, Tao Li, Ming Wei Wang, Rocksy Fransisca V. SitumeangJae Won Jang, Jing Zhang, Wai Chi Chan, Yu Ying Zhou, Hui Ling Lou, Li Zhang, Min Ye, Xu Chen

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Background: Asia will soon have the majority of demented patients in the world. Objective: To assess dementia using a uniform data system to update the current status of dementia in Asia. Methods: A uniformed data set was administered in Taiwan, China, Hong Kong, Korea, Japan, Philippines, Thailand, Singapore, and Indonesia to gather data with regard to Alzheimer's disease (AD) and its related issues for these countries. Results: In total, 2,370 AD patients and their caregivers were recruited from 2011 to 2014. The demographic characteristics of these patients and the relationships between patients and caregivers were different among individuals in these countries (p <0.001). Of note, the family history for having dementia was 8.2% for females in contrast to 3.2% for males. Conclusion: Our study highlighted the differences in dementia assessment and care in developing versus developed countries. Greater effort with regard to studying dementia, especially in developing countries, is necessary.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)425-433
Number of pages9
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2016


  • Alzheimer's disease
  • Asia
  • China
  • Hong Kong
  • Indonesia
  • Japan
  • Korea
  • Philippines
  • Singapore
  • Taiwan
  • Thailand

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ageing
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology


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