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Year : 2008  |  Volume : 11  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 106-108

Prevalence of dementia among Kashmiri migrants


1 Department of Community Medicine, Acharya Shree Chander College of Medical Sciences, Sidhra, Jammu-181 001 (J and K), India
2 Department of Neurology, Acharya Shree Chander College of Medical Sciences, Sidhra, Jammu-181 001 (J and K), India
3 Department of Medicine, Acharya Shree Chander College of Medical Sciences, Sidhra, Jammu-181 001 (J and K), India
4 Department of Medicine, Indira Gandhi Medical College, Shimla - 171 001, HP, India

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DOI: 10.4103/0972-2327.41878

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Background: Neurological diseases are common disorders resulting in the loss of productive life and disability. Dementia is becoming a major public health problem in the developing world also. Aim: To ascertain the prevalence of dementia among Kashmiri Pandit population aged 60 years and above. Materials and Methods: A cross-sectional survey was conducted among the elderly population of the Kashmiris living in a migrant camp. We developed and used a Kashmiri version of the Mini-Mental State Examination as the test instrument, and a score below 24 was considered indicative of dementia. A functional ability questionnaire was also administered to the subjects. A neurologist carried out the examinations. Results: A sample comprising 200 subjects (95 males and 105 females) were evaluated. The prevalence of dementia is 6.5% among the Kashmiri Pandit population aged 60 years and above, which is higher than that reported from other parts of India.


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