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Vatican conference to focus of treatment of elderly with dementia

Catholic World News - November 19, 2013

The 28th international conference of the Pontifical Council for Health Care, to be held at the Vatican next week, will focus on care for the elderly, especially those suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.

Explaining plans for the meeting at a November 19 press conference, Archbishop Zygmunt Zimowski, the president of the Pontifical Council for Health Care, cited statistics showing that 35 million people suffer from senile dementia, with 7.7 million new cases diagnosed each year. “According to these estimates, by 2030 the number of cases could exceed 65 million,” he said.

The archbishop explained that the Vatican conference will discuss means of treating dementia parents, providing for their pastoral needs, and giving them opportunities to live with dignity despite their condition. He reported that nearly 700 health-care workers, representing 57 different countries, will participate in the conference.

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