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OBJECTIVES Despite the growing burden of dementia in low-income countries, there are few previous data on the prevalence of dementia in sub-Saharan Africa. The aim of this study was to estimate the prevalence of dementia in those who are 70 years and older in the rural Hai District of Tanzania. METHODS This was a two-phase cross-sectional survey. Using(More)
BACKGROUND We have previously reported the prevalence of dementia in older adults living in the rural Hai district of Tanzania according to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 4th edition (DSM-IV) criteria. The aim of this study was to compare prevalence rates using the DSM-IV criteria with those obtained using the 10/66 diagnostic(More)
BACKGROUND Disability is associated with increasing age and poverty, yet there are few reliable data regarding disability amongst the elderly in low-income countries. The aim of this study was to compare disability levels for three of the most common neurological, non-communicable diseases: dementia, stroke and Parkinson's disease (PD). METHODS We(More)
OBJECTIVES There are few data on neurological disorders prevalence from low- and middle-income countries, particularly sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) and none specific to the African elderly. We aimed to determined the prevalence of neurological disorders in those aged 70 years and over in a rural African community. MATERIALS AND METHODS This study was a(More)
There are few data on neurological disorder prevalence from developing countries, particularly in the elderly in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). This is in part due to the lack of a feasible and valid screening instrument. We aimed to develop (and pilot) a brief screening instrument for neurological disorders in an elderly population in SSA. Our study population(More)
Cognitive impairment is thought to be a major cause of disability worldwide, though data from sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) are sparse. This study aimed to investigate the association between cognitive impairment and disability in a cohort of community-dwelling older adults living in Tanzania. The study cohort of 296 people aged 70years and over was recruited as(More)
BACKGROUND Caregiver burden includes the many physical, mental and socio-economic problems arising from caring for individuals with chronic and disabling diseases. Being a carer in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), where little is known about chronic neurological conditions, may be extremely demanding. Conversely, multigenerational living may allow sharing of care(More)
Parkinson's Disease (PD) is an irreversible degenerative neurological disorder with no known cure. Apomorphine is a potent short-acting D1/D2 dopamine agonist administered sub-cutaneously that is used in the treatment of PD. Optimising PD medication is an important aspect of end of life care. There are no previously reported cases of apomorphine providing(More)
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