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Dementia cases increasing in VI- Health Minister

- said Territory needs to decrease growing numbers of Alzheimer’s/Dementia cases
Minister for Health and Social Development, Hon Carvin Malone (AL) says the Territory needs to decrease the growing numbers of Alzheimer’s/Dementia cases. Photo: VINO/File
In view of the global COVID-19 pandemic, the Virgin Islands Alzheimer's Association (VIAA) has tailored its campaign this year to include and accommodate a programme and events that may happen online/virtually. Photo: VINO/File
In view of the global COVID-19 pandemic, the Virgin Islands Alzheimer's Association (VIAA) has tailored its campaign this year to include and accommodate a programme and events that may happen online/virtually. Photo: VINO/File
Dementia is a collective name for progressive degenerative brain syndromes which affect memory, thinking, behaviour and emotion. Photo: VINO/File
Dementia is a collective name for progressive degenerative brain syndromes which affect memory, thinking, behaviour and emotion. Photo: VINO/File
Health Minister, Hon Carvin Malone (AL) has noted that the impact of the Alzheimer’s movement is growing within the Virgin Islands but the stigmatisation, misinformation, fear and denial that surround Alzheimer’s and other dementia continue to be a major concern. Photo: VINO/File
Health Minister, Hon Carvin Malone (AL) has noted that the impact of the Alzheimer’s movement is growing within the Virgin Islands but the stigmatisation, misinformation, fear and denial that surround Alzheimer’s and other dementia continue to be a major concern. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Although there is an absence of ‘hard data’ on the frequency of dementia cases in the Virgin Islands, there is an awareness that the numbers of persons with some form of dementia are increasing.

‘Let’s Talk About Dementia’

This is according to Minister for Health and Social Development, Hon Carvin Malone (AL) in a statement in observance of World Alzheimer's Awareness Month.

The international theme for this year’s observance is: ‘Let’s Talk About Dementia’. The Virgin Islands Alzheimer’s Association (VIAA) has created a sub theme: ‘See The Person Not the Disease’.

“Globally, every three seconds someone in the world develops dementia. In the BVI we do not have any hard data however, we are aware that the numbers of persons with some form of dementia are increasing,” Hon Malone stated on September 1, 2020.

Risk Factors

The Health Minister added there is a growing body of evidence which supports nine potentially modifiable risk factors for dementia modelled by the 2017 Lancet Commission on dementia prevention, intervention, and care.

These include: less education, hypertension, hearing impairment, smoking, obesity, depression, physical inactivity, diabetes, and low social contact.

The commission, Hon Malone continued, has also added three more risk factors for the disease with newer, convincing evidence. These factors are excessive alcohol consumption, traumatic brain injury, and air pollution. Together, the 12 modifiable risk factors account for around 40% of worldwide dementias, which consequently could theoretically be prevented or delayed.

CHIP

These modifiable risk factors, he said, are areas of focus by the Ministry of Health and Social Development and the Government of the Virgin Islands under the Complete Health Improvement Programme (CHIP) project which is part of Government’s 10-year Non-Communicable Disease Strategy: “Towards a Healthier Virgin Islands”.

CHIP is a community-based educational strategy that takes a holistic health approach.  It is designed to PREVENT, ARREST and REVERSE chronic diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure and heart diseases which are identified as some modifiable risk factors for dementia.

“As a Territory, we need to decrease the growing numbers of Alzheimer’s/dementia cases. Dementia knows no social, economic or geographical boundaries. Although each person will experience dementia in their own way, eventually those affected are unable to care for themselves and need help with all aspects of daily life,” Hon Malone noted.

Stigmatisation & misinformation

The Health Minister also noted that the impact of the Alzheimer’s movement is growing within the Virgin Islands but the stigmatisation, misinformation, fear and denial that surround Alzheimer’s and other dementia continue to be a major concern.

“So, this year “Let’s Talk About Dementia”.

Dementia is a collective name for progressive degenerative brain syndromes which affect memory, thinking, behaviour and emotion. Alzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia are the most common types of dementia, responsible for up to 90% of cases of dementia.

Symptoms may include loss of memory, difficulty in finding the right words or understanding what people are saying, difficulty in performing previously routine tasks, personality and mood changes.

Worldwide, around 50 million people live with dementia, and this number is projected to increase to 152 million by 2050, rising particularly in low and middle-income countries.

There is currently no cure for most types of dementia, but treatments, advice, and support are available.

Online programmes & activities

In view of the global COVID-19 pandemic, the VIAA has tailored its campaign this year to include and accommodate a programme and events that may happen online/virtually. This is to ensure the safety of the VI community, especially its vulnerable population.

Hon Malone encouraged organisations and individuals to get involved with the events of the Virgin Islands Alzheimer’s Association.

13 Responses to “Dementia cases increasing in VI- Health Minister”

  • enough (02/09/2020, 17:16) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
    We already have enough to deal with....?
  • pat (02/09/2020, 18:20) Like (2) Dislike (4) Reply
    Too much pressure on we the people
  • Outsider (02/09/2020, 19:05) Like (6) Dislike (2) Reply
    It is scientifically proven that the presence of 'MERCURY' in vaccines is a possible link to dementia. The same ingredient and more in the Covid vaccine!!
  • Remedy (02/09/2020, 19:56) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    Take 1 teaspoon of coconut oil everyday
  • Sam (02/09/2020, 20:13) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    I want to now what happen to the money from social security .If the Govement do not have any money let the people now. We the people how put you day. And we need help.
    • @Sam (03/09/2020, 06:07) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      You are right. They should let the people KNOW and we put them THERE.
  • Oooooh (02/09/2020, 22:02) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Now that explains why so many people forget to wear them mask.
  • Come e (03/09/2020, 03:45) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    U should expect that. That's is as a result of lock down hard ship frustration.
  • Get Real (03/09/2020, 05:01) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Dear Mr. Malone
    You are a Professional....start acting like one...
    Stop making statements without the relevant data to substantiate your claims....
    Give your Ministry a mandate to collect data on Dementia in the BVI...It is nothing new.....

    • 1st District (03/09/2020, 09:04) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
      My thing is, he does NOT have a medical back ground and KEEP talking to we jack donkey!! Where is the medical professionals?? Look I here looking at a BVI base charter company moved to St. Lucia!! Yes, NOW THEM ISLAND PEOPLE CAN GO BACK HOME AND FIND WORK!! SHAME ON WE!!
  • ?? (03/09/2020, 10:25) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
    So does Cancer. What type of health services are you going to implement for Cancer patients who can’t travel in these times.
  • Truth must be told (03/09/2020, 10:30) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    You love your brain well we don't the more we see what in side we don't love your brain . It is very clear that u all mess with the people brains and emotions. Around here and u know it to . All the help and what ever u all doing since this pandemic only suit some and not most . You all talk a lot u all boost . While people o ui t here really suffering and u all don't care . Once u and your covered . This place is very hurry favor and this government is scary . Stop look listen before it to late do as the lord said and have faith stop playing gods and leading off of assumption it not right it actually crazy . U all dressed up in suits and tie tell us y. When u all lay down at night how do u sleep when u know u are apart of the false God team. Not one of u stand and speak for the people cause u are afraid and about yourself a BVI we in trouble we need people with fair heart to lead not they assume to be misleading and miseducation the people and controlling our every move running the country into the ground and charging us for it like we the criminals. When it is proven for years that u all the master minds of the real criminal acts around . Set up the poor every time and because u all the rich or in power . U untouched. But remember time longer than twine . I am not afraid of covid am more afraid of being mislead


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