Dementia

Coffin
Jul 19 '17 11:00

Dementia was the leading cause of death in the Netherlands last year with over 15 thousand cases, according to preliminary figures Statistics Netherlands released on Wednesday. The number of dementia related deaths is expected to only increase with the aging population.

Compared to 2015, the number of dementia related deaths increased by 7 percent. The increase was strongest among men with 11 percent. Dementia is the second most common cause of death among men, with lung cancer taking first place. Last year 5 thousand men died due to dementia in the country.

Elderly Hospital
Jul 5 '17 16:30

Dementia is expected to be the main cause of death for people in the Netherlands by 2040. In the next 23 years the number of dementia related deaths will grow from 14 thousand to 40 thousand, according to a new study published by public health institute RIVM on Wednesday, ANP report.

The increase in dementia related deaths can be attributed to the aging population. Dementia is a collective name for over 50 age related diseases, including Alzheimer's. It is possible to live with dementia for several years, but patients gradually weaken. There is currently no cure.

Apr 13 '17 14:00

The number of euthanasia cases in the Netherlands increased by 10 percent last year. A total of 6,091 people died through euthanasia, 557 more than in 2015, according to an annual report by the euthanasia review committees, AD reports.

Most of the euthanasia cases involved cancer. There were also many cases of nervous system disorders and cardiovascular diseases. The number of euthanasia cases involving patients with dementia, psychiatric disorders or old age ailments also increased. 

Elderly Hospital
Feb 10 '17 13:45

A group of 220 Dutch doctors took out an advertisement in NRC on Friday to show that they are against granting euthanasia to advanced dementia patients. The doctors believe it's wrong to give euthanasia based on a statement which the patient can no longer confirm.

"Our moral reluctance to end the life of a defenseless human being is too big", the ad reads. Among the signers are also doctors specialized in helping patients die. 

Crime scene tape
Jan 11 '17 16:45

Three suspects were arrested on Tuesday in connection with the death of an 80-year-old woman on Kastanjeplein in June last year. One of the suspects is the victim's son, 54-year-old Hans W., according to the Telegraaf. 

Care for the elderly
May 9 '16 14:20

On Monday State Secretary Martin van Rijn of Public Health is launching a dementia awareness campaign called Together dementia friendly. The kickoff coincides with a major international conference on dementia in Amsterdam

Apr 27 '16 12:35

The number of euthanasia cases increased by 4 percent last year. A total of 5,516 people died by euthanasia in 2015, according to the annual report by the five regional euthanasia review committees

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Feb 5 '16 15:55

Eating at least one portio of fish per week decreases the risk of Alzheimer's disease and dementia related disorders, according to a study done by an international team of researchers, including Ondine van de Rest of Wageningen University, at the Rush University Medical Center in Chicago

Jan 7 '16 12:09

The Ministries of Public Health and Security and Justice updated their "guide" on euthanasia to give people suffering from severe dementia the option of euthanasia, even if they are unable to express the wish themselves. This is only possible if the patient wrote a declaration with his wish for euthanasia while he was still clearheaded

CCKOSwkWgAAD4ld
Dec 17 '15 10:52

An elderly dementia patient called the Enschede police on Wednesday to confess to killing his 80-year-old wife, Dinie Elsink, who was caring for him at home

Care for the elderly
Dec 16 '15 09:42

Cashiers working at two Albert Heijn stores in The Hague are going to keep an eye on the welfare of their elderly clients. If a cashier notices that an older client is getting forgetful or neglecting himself, the cashier will ask the client if he needs to talk with an in-store volunteer from a care organization. The volunteer will then refer him to a doctor or welfare organization if necessary.

Sep 21 '15 14:19

The Dutch government has released a video for dementia week to raise awareness for the brain disorder.

sien-fokkinga
Jul 23 '15 08:25

An 84 year old lady, who is suffering from a form of dementia, disappeared from a nursing home in Havelte on Tuesday afternoon. The police launched a search for her, but by late Wednesday she still had not been found.

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Jul 21 '15 08:42

There is still no cure for dementia, but researchers have discovered that in 30 percent cases the brain disorder can be prevented by healthy lifestyle. High blood pressure appears to be the biggest risk factor for dementia today.

Jul 8 '15 11:38

State Secretary Martin van Rijn of Public Health is launching a campaign to increase the awareness and understanding of dementia in society. He wants people to realize that the elderly person getting on the bus without knowing his destination, or trying to walk out of a store without paying, is not necessarily a criminal, but may in fact be suffering from dementia.

Jul 2 '15 13:36

The court in Utrecht sentenced Dirk M., the man who attempted to extort the De Mol family for more than a year, to 441 days in prison, of which 300 days are suspended. He will therefore not have to spend any more time in prison as the 141 days left in his sentence is equal to the time he spent in custody.

Jun 18 '15 14:45

Dirk Klaas M., the 71 year old man who extorted the De Mol family, appeared in court on Thursday. According to experts who examined M., He suffers from dementia caused by damage to part the part of his brain that controls "impulse behavior". This affected his empathy and led to obsessive and compulsive behavior.

May 21 '15 10:19

Ten percent of 50 year olds show changes in their brains that point to the Alzheimer's disease. The specific protein accumulations appear 20 to 30 years before symptoms arrive.

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May 7 '15 13:39

A doctor at an institution for people suffering from dementia in Venray adjusted or even stopped his patients' medicines without consulting with their families. This led to these patients becoming agitated, aggressive or suffering unnecessary pain, the AD reports.

Apr 24 '15 08:17

Linda de Mol will abide by the Public Prosecutor's decision to release 70 year old Dirk Klaas M., her manager Xenia Kasper told RTL Boulevard. "Linda has nothing more to add to the statement." M. extorted Linda and her brother John de Mol last year, threatening to harm Linda's children if they did not transfer a large amount of money into his bank account.

Doctor
Feb 18 '15 11:09

Doctors are less willing to grant a euthanasia request to people suffering from a psychiatric illness or dementia than to people suffering from cancer or another serious physical disorder.

Dec 12 '14 13:56

In 2013 the most common causes of death in the Netherlands was cancer and cardiovascular disease. Of the more than 141 thousand people who died in 2013, 42 thousand (30 percent) died of cancer and 38 thousand (27 percent) died of cardiovascular diseases.

Nov 5 '14 14:47

State Secretary of Health Martin van Rijn has received a lot of criticism over the failing care for people with dementia.

Margerethe and Nadja
Aug 14 '14 08:54

The 55-year-old Nadja tells authorities that she drove her mother's body to the Czech Republic in order to give her a proper farewell. As the woman is held suspect in her own mother's murder, the Public Prosecution Authority (OM) is questioning whether her mother was already dead at departure, the Algemeen Dagblad reports.

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