TEN YEARS AFTER THE NATIONAL ALZHEIMER’S PLAN: DEMENTIA REMAINS A HIDDEN SYNDROME IN FRANCE
J.-F. Dartigues, J.A. Avila-Funes, L. Letenneur, C. Meillon, C. Helmer, H. Amieva, K. Pérès
J Prev Alz Dis 2023;3(10):600-606
Ten years after the implementation of the French Plan on Alzheimer’s Disease (2008-2012), the present study aimed at describing the situation of the persons living with dementia in terms of diagnosis and high-risk situations (living alone, continuing driving, inability to handle budget and to manage medication). Among the 115 dementia cases followed-up in the AMI population-based cohort on aging in 2018 (i.e. ten years after the launch of the Plan), the prevalence of under-diagnosis was similar to the one estimated ten years earlier (53.0% vs. 55.6%). Almost all cases (95.3%) were concerned by high-risk situations (61.2% were unable to handle finances, 48.2% were living alone, 27.1% continued driving). Being diagnosed as demented was not associated with a lower frequency of high-risk situations, excepting for driving (16.7% vs. 37.2%). Ten years after the beginning of the French Alzheimer’s Plan, dementia remains a hidden syndrome, with a frequent inadequate management of high-risk situations.
J.-F. Dartigues ; J.A. Avila-Funes ; L. Letenneur ; C. Meillon ; C. Helmer ; H. Amieva ; K. Pérès ; (2023): Ten Years after the National Alzheimer’s Plan: Dementia Remains a Hidden Syndrome in France. The Journal of Prevention of Alzheimer’s Disease (JPAD). http://dx.doi.org/10.14283/jpad.2023.24