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Behavioral and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia in Japan and the Asian Pacific Region

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  10 January 2005

Akira Homma
Affiliation:
Department of Psychiatry, Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Gerontology, Tokyo, Japan
Jong Inn Woo
Affiliation:
Department of Psychiatry, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea
Helen F. K. Chiu
Affiliation:
Department of Psychiatry, Prince of Wales Hospital, Hong Kong
Kua E. Hoek
Affiliation:
Department of Psychiatry, National University Hospital in Singapore, Singapore.

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The recognition of behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD) varies in Asian countries. In India, for example, symptoms such as repetition, forgetfulness, anxiety, and agitation are simply ignored in the rural setting and are of no concern to family members; other symptoms, such as wandering, are easily tolerated. This cultural acceptance of certain BPSD, combined with the difficulty in locating a physician skilled in the diagnosis and treatment of these symptoms, limits their assessment and treatment in India (International Psychogeriatric Association, 1998). Fortunately, in a few Asian countries, empiric data on the frequency of BPSD have been obtained using formal assessment instruments.

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© 2000 International Psychogeriatric Association

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