Chapter 1. Definition and Epidemiology of Dementia: A Review

  1. Mario Maj3 and
  2. Norman Sartorius4
  1. Professor A. Scott Henderson1 and
  2. Dr Anthony F. Jorm2

Published Online: 26 MAR 2003

DOI: 10.1002/0470861878.ch1

Dementia, Volume 3, Second Edition

Dementia, Volume 3, Second Edition

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Editor Information

  1. 3

    University of Naples, Italy

  2. 4

    University of Geneva, Switzerland

Author Information

  1. 1

    National Health and Medical Research Council, Centre for Mental Health Research, The Australian National University, Canberra, ACT 0200, Australia

  2. 2

    National Health and Medical Research Council, Psychiatric Epidemiology Research Centre, The Australian National University, Canberra, ACT 0200, Australia

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 26 MAR 2003
  2. Published Print: 15 DEC 2002

Book Series:

  1. WPA Series

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470849637

Online ISBN: 9780470861875

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Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Definition of Dementia

  • Dementia Syndromes

  • What Happens over Time? The Course of Dementia

  • The Prevalence and Incidence of Dementia

  • Risk and Protection Factors for Dementia

  • Prospects for Prevention of Dementia

  • Summary

  • Acknowledgements

  • References

This chapter also contains the following commentaries:

  • The Continuing Evolution of Dementia Epidemiology. Authored by Mary Ganguli

  • Dementia: Hope for the Future. Authored by Simon Lovestone

  • Dementia: Much Information, Many Unanswered Questions. Authored by Lissy F. Jarvik

  • Vascular Factors and Dementia. Authored by Ingmar Skoog

  • Dementia: Known and Unknown. Authored by Eric D. Caine

  • Dementia: A Public Health Emergency and a Scientific Challenge. Authored by Laura Fratiglioni

  • Dementia: Plenty of Questions Still to Be Answered. Authored by Robin Jacoby

  • Rates and Risk Factors for Dementia: Evidence or Controversy? Authored by Per Kragh-Sørensen, Kjeld Andersen, Annette Lolk and Henry Nielsen

  • Dementia: The Public Health Challenge. Authored by Kenneth I. Shulman

  • Definition and Epidemiology of Dementia: Some Issues That Need Clarification. Authored by Peter J. Whitehouse

  • Dementia: The Challenge for the Next Decade. Authored by Anthony Mann

  • Recent Progress in the Definition and Epidemiology of Dementia. Authored by Alistair Burns

  • Dementia: Some Controversial Issues. Authored by Miguel R. Jorge

  • Is the Prevalence Rate of Alzheimer's Disease Increasing in Japan? Authored by Akira Homma