There are topics that can’t be ignored by the future Chile. One of them is the aging of its population. Multiple consequences are associated with this phenomenon, being dementias the most important. They are characterized by the deterioration of one or more cognitive abilities, generally associated with behavioral alterations, which altogether are enough to cause loss of independence of people’s daily life activities.
Currently there are more than 200.000 people living with some type of dementia in our country. Considering the impact at the family level of these diseases, it can be inferred that almost 800.000 people are assuming the burden of the disease, whether it is the care provision involved or just by being part of family or closer groups.
The Policy Paper “Prevention and comprehensive approach of dementias. Advances and challenges for public policy regarding neurocognitive disorders” is an approach from different outlooks to this phenomenon and its impacts on society.