Vietnam has one of the fastest growing aging populations in the world, with the number of individuals aged 60 and older expected to triple by 2050. And with age, very often, comes dementia, a condition that will effect as many as 2.4 million Vietnamese by mid-century.
As part of the country’s call to action, Professor Ladson Hinton from Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the School of Medicine and Heather M. Young, dean emerita and professor at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, joined other thought-leaders from around the world to share best practices at Vietnam’s first National Dementia Conference, held on September 7 in Ha Noi.
UC Davis faculty also co-organized a workshop on geriatrics and dementia care for providers on Sept. 10, which was attended by more than 50 nurses, doctors and students. Both events were co-sponsored by a seed grant from UC Davis Global Affairs.
“With the rapid growth in the older adults population in Vietnam, there is growing recognition of the need for better policies to support improved medical care and social services for persons with dementia and their families,” Hinton said.
“In particular, there is a need to strengthen the capacity of the primary health care system to provide good quality dementia care and family support and to develop community programs," he said.
At the National Dementia Conference, Hinton and colleagues from the University of South Carolina presented preliminary results from their community-based dementia caregiver intervention being conducted outside of Hanoi with funding from the National Institute on Aging and in collaboration with the Vietnam National Geriatric Hospital.