Dementia Care Resources and Networks in India

Every September, people come together from all around the world to raise awareness and to challenge the stigma that persists around dementia. In this edition, we look at resources and care networks for dementia, and highlight some of the events on September 21st, the World Alzheimer’s Day.

As of 2020, India is estimated to have over 5 million people living with dementia. The treatment gap in India for people living with Dementia is almost 90 per cent. This means that only one in ten patients receive a proper diagnosis, treatment and care.

In 2010, the total societal cost of caring for known dementia patients was estimated at ₹14,700 crores, and projected to increase three-fold by the end of 2030. A 2013 study in the Indian Journal of Public Health mentioned that the annual expenditure to care for a person living with Dementia could go as high as ₹2,02,025 in urban areas and ₹66,025 in rural areas in India. In this essay, we look at key reports, studies and care networks serving people living with dementia, their families and caregivers.

You can access the essay here:

World Alzheimer’s Day Events (September 21)

Webinar on Role of Society in Early Detection of Dementia by Samvedna Seniorcare

Event link: Available on Zoom with meeting code 868 658 37888

Date/Time (IST): 21st September/ 5.30 pm

Webinar on Graceful Ageing by ASSOCHAM

Event registration link:

Date/Time: 21st September, 11am

#KnowDementia: An Interactive Workshop with Experts (Available Online and in person at venue) by ARDSI Bengaluru Chapter

Event registration link:

Date/Time: 21st September, 10:30 am to 4:00 pm

Event location: Hotel Royal Orchid Central, 47, Manipal Centre, 1, Dickenson Rd, Yellappa Garden, Yellappa Chetty Layout, Sivanchetti Gardens, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560042

Launch of the World Alzheimer Report 2021 by ADI

Event registration link:

Date/Time (IST): 21st September, 5.30pm

World Alzheimer’s Day is observed on 21st September every year to raise awareness about Alzheimer’s and Dementia, and theme this year is #KnowAlzheimers #KnowDementia. There cannot be a better time to tune into global and national experts from the comfort of your home. Do register and listen in.

The World Alzheimer Report 2021 will focus on the crucial and timely subject of diagnosis. Diagnosis is still a major challenge globally, with estimates that 90% of cases still go undiagnosed and with long wait times. We are at a pivotal moment with an evolution in diagnostics and potential treatment breakthroughs; meaning this is the perfect time to shine a light on the ‘Journey through the diagnosis of dementia’.

The report includes over 50 essays from leading experts around the world and is supported by findings from 3 key global surveys, including: 1,111 clinicians, 2,325 people with dementia and carers, and over 100 national Alzheimer and dementia associations.

The launch webinar for the report will feature a global panel of experts to discuss the key findings and recommendations, as well as a Q&A session.

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