J Korean Geriatr Psychiatry.  2007 Jun;11(1):12-15.

The Role of Local Center for Dementia in the Management System of Dementia in Seoul

  • 1Department of Psychiatry, Konkuk University College of Medicine, Konkuk University Hospital, Seoul, Korea. shryu@kku.ac.kr


Dementia is one of the most common psychiatric problem in the elderly. According to the increase of the older people with dementia, management of dementia need to be systemized at the community level. The local center for dementia will be established for the community-based systematic and comprehensive management of dementia. It will be extended to all provinces of Seoul Metropolitan City. Activities of the local center for dementia includes 1) education, prevention, and public relations for dementia, 2) early detection and intervention for dementia, 3) establishment of effective, continuous, and personalized management system for the patient with dementia, 4) the development and promotion of community-based resources, 5) the construction of information and data related to dementia care system. This activity will increase the quality of life in the elderly with dementia and their caregivers. Finally, this management system for dementia may contribute to enhancement of the quality and the cost-effectiveness of community health promotion system for the older people.


Elderly; Management of dementia; Early detection; Local center for dementia
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