About this Research Topic
The rapidly increasing numbers of people with neurocognitive disorders render radical changes in the current paradigm of conventional care services for neurocognitive disorders inevitable. Services for people with dementia or mild cognitive impairment are mainly restricted to secondary or tertiary healthcare in high-income countries, while in LMICs they are often scarce. Community services that are adjusted to local contexts and meet the local healthcare needs of people living with neurocognitive disorders may pave the way towards closing the gap between the steadily growing community needs and available care services for those people, and may prove to be an impact player in combating inequities in the care of neurocognitive disorders across the globe.
This Research Topic will offer an overview not only of the unmet healthcare needs of older people with neurocognitive disorders living in LMICs or remote communities of high-income countries, but also of operating, innovative community services for people with dementia or MCI who live in parts of the world with marginal or no access to conventional services related to neurocognitive disorders.
We welcome the submission of any type of manuscript supported by the journal (including Original Research, Review, etc.) pertaining but not limited to the following themes:
- unmet needs of people with neurocognitive disorders living in communities far away from or without access to services related to dementia and/or MCI
- implementation of policies intending to close the gap between needs and available services
- good practices and services for preventing, diagnosing, treating, and managing dementia/MCI in the community and at the primary healthcare level, which could serve as models to be transferred after the necessary adaptations to variable local contexts
- diagnosis and management of neuropsychiatric symptoms of neurocognitive disorders in LMICs
- community services focusing on non-pharmacological interventions in LMICs
- qualitative reports on community services related to neurocognitive disorders
- case reports shedding light on differences in lived experiences of people with dementia and their care partners around the world
- dementia and brain health in medical and non-medical education curricula in LMICs
- dementia awareness and friendliness in communities in different countries
Keywords: dementia, mild cognitive impairment, primary health care, low- and middle-income countries (LMIC), dementia care inequity, awareness raising, healthcare professionals training
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