Recent statistics from the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) show that Doctors’ prescriptions dispensed for Alzheimer drugs rose to a whopping 3 million in 2014 which is a 20% increase over the number from 2013 and an alarming 500% increase over the number gotten from the last decade.
The statistics also show that 500,000 more items of donepezil, galantamine, memantine and rivastigmine prescriptions to treat Alzheimer’s were dispensed in 2014.
But the amazing part is that this is a significant decline of £14m as the amount stands at £46m which is a big reduction to the £60m spent in 2013 and this is in spite of the rising number of people diagnosed with dementia which is a mental disorder that affects the ability to think, remember things, organize or behave normally.
However, the fall in the purchase of these drugs mean that a lot of people are starting to ignore the aged part of the society and would rather just see them go quietly.
A lot of nursing homes would much rather care for them and read to them without giving them medication and these may have led to the fall in the amount being spent to get these drugs.
This may be bad for the world at large because what it portends is a situation where the population of the world which fall over 90 years of age stand a great risk of being abandoned and the younger generation being made to be afraid of getting to that point in their lives.