GUWAHATI, Dec 20 - India will face a major health and social problem by 2050 as the number of elderly people in the country suffering from dementia is likely to rise to 16.3 million from the present 3.25 million.
This was observed by noted psychiatrist Dr Jayanta Das while addressing a meeting of the PSCA held in collaboration with Jogasutra today.
Dalbahadur Chetry, president of the PSCA, presided over the meeting.
Dr Das said that the total world population to be affected by dementia would go up to around 81 million from the present 24 million. He stressed the need for collective efforts to face the gigantic human problem in which not only the family members but the entire society would have to shoulder the responsibility in mitigating the sufferings of the afflicted people.
Dr Das stressed the need for imparting correct guidelines to family members and caretakers so that the afflicted people were not exposed to social harassment, abhorrence and neglect.
Pradip Puzari, president, Jogasutra, stated the purpose of the meeting, while Ranajit Sutradhar welcomed the guests. Actor Pranjal Saikia also addressed the meeting.