Volume 2008, Issue 1
  • ISSN: 0253-8253
  • EISSN: 2227-0426


Dementia is characterized by progressive deterioration of cognitive functions. It places a burden on caregivers and on society,and has been established as one of the major challenges of the present time. A retrospective study of 350 home care patients in Qatar found 50 with dementia for which it assessed various risk factors, co-morbities and the psychosocial burden on the care givers. It was found that the two major types of dementia, Alzheimer's disease and Vascular dementia had equal occurrence amongst home care patients in Qatar, with hypertension and atherosclerosis being the major contributing factors; a family history of dementia played only a minor role. Depression was the main co-morbidity in the patients. The care givers, mostly female, showed no significant psychosocial burden.


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