China in Alzheimer’s double bind – BBC News

_42539289_xiao203.jpgFrom BBC News (photo: Dr. Xiao treating Alzheimer’s patients, via

The country now has a third of all Alzheimer’s patients in the world. And the number of diagnosed cases is rising.

China’s economic success means people are living longer, says Professor Xiao Shifu, a director at Shanghai’s leading mental health hospital.

“Alzheimer’s prevalence has been about what you’d expect in the west. But now it’s increasing very fast because China is ageing at a very rapid rate,” he said.

And the enormous changes in society are taking their toll, especially on the old. [Full Text]

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