Longer Life Expectancy in China Leading to More Cases of Dementia

Rising life expectancy rates in China are putting pressure on a Chinese healthcare system that provides little support for mental health and senior care. A recent article in The Economist reveals that around 9 million people in China already suffer from some form of dementia. This is more than twice as many dementia patients as there are in the United States. This is causing problems for Chinese families who are responsible for taking care of aging parents, but lack the funds or knowledge to appropriately care for their health problems. A study conducted by King’s College in London show that more than 90% of dementia cases go undetected in China.