Dementia is a condition marked by generalized decline in memory and other cognitive functions, leading to impairment in social or occupational functioning. The behavioral and psychological symptoms associated with dementia can be found throughout the world and follow similar patterns in diverse cultural settings. However, cultural factors also influence the problem and its effects in many ways.

Dementia is an increasing multicultural problem because of shifts in demographics. Older adult populations are increasing internationally, thus increasing the number of people who are most at risk of developing a dementia. This is particularly a problem in countries with poor health care for the elderly or a high ratio of older to younger adults, but it poses a problem in other countries as well. In the United States, ...

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