RESUMEN Objetivos: Describir la influencia de los determinantes propios del individuo y los determinantes sociales macroeconómicos en la prevalencia de las personas con demencia así como el rol de las políticas de salud en el control de la enfermedad. Fuente de datos: Se consultaron las bases Pubmed (3 811 artículos), Ebsco (450), y Google Scholar (1 330). Se obtuvieron 5 591 artículos, se seleccionaron 54, de estos, 46 en idioma inglés y 8 en español. Síntesis de los datos: Los determinantes de la salud propios del individuo: edad, sexo, raza o grupos étnicos aportan información que puede influir en el desarrollo de la demencia y pueden ser modificados por factores ambientales como el estilo de vida y las redes sociales. Se abordan los determinantes sociales macroeconómicos como los costos y los planes nacionales para la atención a la demencia. El costo mundial de la enfermedad se distribuye de forma desigual, con predominio de los países más ricos. Cuba, Costa Rica y México son los primeros países de medianos y bajos ingresos que comenzaron a desarrollar estrategias nacionales para la atención a la demencia. Conclusiones: La demencia puede estar influenciada por factores de riesgo en la edad media de la vida: obesidad, hábito de fumar, sedentarismo, hipercolesterolemia, alcoholismo y bajo nivel educacional. Los planes nacionales para la demencia aumentan la calidad de la atención médica, optimizan los servicios de salud y logran una mayor equidad. Es una necesidad que los países en desarrollo incrementen su colaboración mutua y tracen estrategias para enfrentar esta enfermedad.
ABSTRACT Objectives: To describe the influence of the individual´s determinants and of the macroeconomic social determinants in the prevalence of people with dementia as well as the role of the health policies in the disease control. Data source: Pubmed (3 811 articles), Ebsco (450), and Google Scholar (1 330) were consulted in. In the review, 5 591 articles were obtained, 57 were selected of which 49 in English language and 8 in Spanish. Data synthesis: Individual´s health determinants such as age, sex, race or ethnic groups provide information that can influence in the development of dementia and they can be modified by environmental factors like the lifestyle and the social networks. The macroeconomic social determinants such as the costs and the national plans for dementia care were also analyzed. The world cost of the illness is unequally distributed, with prevalence of the richest countries. Cuba, Costa Rica and Mexico are the first countries of medium and low incomes that are developing national strategies for dementia care. Conclusions: Dementia can be influenced by risk factors in the middle age such as obesity, smoking, hypercholesterolemia, alcoholism and low educational level. The national plans for dementia increase the quality of the medical care, maximize the health care services and achieve greater equity. It is required that the developing countries increase mutual cooperation and draw strategies to cope with this disease.
ABSTRACT Aging and Alzheimer is a prospective, longitudinal cohort study involving 2944 adults aged ≥65 years from selected areas in Cuba’s Havana and Matanzas Provinces. This door-to-door study, which began in 2003, includes periodic assessments of the cohort based on an interview; physical exam; anthropometric measurements; and diagnosis of dementia and its subtypes, other mental disorders, and other chronic non-communicable diseases and their risk factors. Information was gathered on sociodemographic characteristics; disability, dependency and frailty; use of health services; and characteristics of care and caregiver burden. The first assessment also included blood tests: complete blood count, blood glucose, and liver function, lipid profile and ApoE4 genotype (a susceptibility marker). In 2007–2011, the second assessment was done of 2010 study subjects aged ≥65 years who were still alive. The study provides data on prevalence and incidence of dementia and its risk factors, and of related conditions that affect the health of older adults. It also contributes valuable experiences from field work and interactions with older adults and their families. Building on lessons learned, a third assessment to be done in 2016–2018 will incorporate a community intervention strategy to respond to diseases and conditions that predispose to dementia, frailty and dependency in older adults.
ABSTRACT Dementia is a great challenge to public health in Cuba due to its impact on society and families. Cuba’s National Intervention Strategy for Alzheimer Disease and Dementia Syndromes is designed to address this challenge. The Strategy includes working guidelines for primary and secondary care, education about rights of people with cognitive impairment, professional development, research, and health promotion and dementia prevention. An associated action plan, focused on primary care, includes proposals for creation of memory clinics, day centers and comprehensive rehabilitation services for cognitive stimulation. Short-term measures proposed include increasing early detection; creating a dementia morbidity and mortality registry; promoting professional training; providing support for families; and promoting basic and clinical research on dementia. Medium-term proposals aim to reduce dementia incidence and mortality by controlling risk factors and promoting healthy lifestyles, offering new treatment options and optimizing early detection. A set of indicators has been developed to evaluate strategy implementation. With this strategy, Cuba joins the small number of developing countries that have responded to WHO’s call to improve care for patients with dementia and alleviate its impact on society and families.