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Institutional Services for Dementia Care in Turkey

Neslihan Lök; Selma Öncel; Zeynep Özer; Kadriye Buldukoðlu.

The total older population is growing due to the increase in expected average life expectancy at birth all over the world. The risk factors for dementia reported by the studies in Turkey include low level of education, older age, being female, living in a rural area, having a physical disorder, multiple drug use, accompaniment of another chronic disease (especially diabetes), and having a history of smoking and alcohol use. Seeking care from a healthcare institution because of dementia symptoms is usually delayed in Turkey. In this review, information on the status of dementia in Turkey, services provided for the illness and nursing care will be provided.

Key words: Turkey;Dementia;Older people

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