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17 February 2011 | PR 11/15

Loughborough study develops dementia screening solution in Indonesia

dementia screening in Indonesia

Loughborough study develops dementia screening solution in Indonesia

An academic from Loughborough University has played a key role in a collaborate study to come closer to understanding the threat of dementia in Indonesia.

Professor Eef Hogervosrt from the School of Sport, Exercise Science and Health, along with academics from Indonesia and the UK, has validated a short and inexpensive screening instrument for dementia, following tests in rural and urban settings in Java.

This screening instrument was initially developed at the University of Oxford, within the Oxford Project to Investigate Memory and Ageing (OPTIMA) group, to screen for dementia in the UK.

Similar results recorded in the translated Javanese tests demonstrated that the instrument can be used with equally high sensitivity and specificity for dementia in a rural developing country, where many of the people tested are illiterate and there is a paucity of trained medical staff.

Following the validation of the tests Professor Tri Budi Rahardjo from the University of Indonesia, along with local policy makers and medics based in Jakarta, successfully made the case for the screening tools to be used to detect dementia across all Primary Health Centres in Indonesia.

From 2011 these tools are to be implemented across the whole country. This decision was supported by the Ministry of Health and the National Commission for Older Persons, which advises directly to the Indonesian President on aging matters.

Professor Eef Hogervosrt said:

“The collaborative studies we have conducted with our partners will give the Indonesian government for the first time a more accurate indication of the percentage of people afflicted with dementia. This is particularly important as the disease will at least double in prevalence, and Indonesia has the fourth largest older population in the world.

“We are now hoping to investigate whether this screening instrument also works in other developing countries with multi-ethnic groups, such as Guatemala, India and China.”

Dementia has high economic and human costs and its prevalence is predicted to increase substantially over the next decades. Currently it is estimated that 24 million people have dementia worldwide, a number predicted to double every 20 years.

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Notes for editors:

Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines.

It was awarded the coveted Sunday Times University of the Year 2008-09 title, and is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in national newspaper league tables. In the 2010 National Student Survey, Loughborough was voted one of the top universities in the UK, and has topped the Times Higher Education league for the UK’s Best Student Experience every year since the poll's inception in 2006. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

Loughborough is also the UK’s premier university for sport. It has perhaps the best integrated sports development environment in the world and is home to some of the country’s leading coaches, sports scientists and support staff. It also has the country’s largest concentration of world-class training facilities across a wide range of sports.

It is a member of the 1994 Group of 19 leading research-intensive universities. The Group was established in 1994 to promote excellence in university research and teaching. Each member undertakes diverse and high-quality research, while ensuring excellent levels of teaching and student experience.

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