IntroductionSingapore has one of the fastest aging populations in Asia. The number of people aged ≥65 years is expected to increase to nearly 20% by 2030. With this increase, dementia prevalence is also expected to escalate from an estimated 28 000 individuals in 2012 to approximately 80 000 individuals by 2050. This highlights the need for the local healthcare system to provide quick access to dementia care so that diagnosis and treatment can be sought promptly. The current system of dementia care is fragmented, skewed towards tertiary care and might not be sustainable in the long term.Primary care physicians can play an important role in the diagnosis and management of dementia, as they are often the first point of contact for many individuals. An early diagnosis of dementia can allow patients and their caregivers to have access to medical and psychosocial support services, which might prevent psychological stress, improve morale and quality of life (QoL), and delay nursing home admission.Currently, persons suspected to have dementia are referred by family physicians (FP) in the polyclinics (i.e. primary care setting in Singapore) to the specialist Memory Clinic (MC) at the hospital for further assessment. On diagnosis, patients are treated and managed
Geriatrics & Gerontology International – Wiley
Published: Jan 1, 2018
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