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Nursing home for elderly patients with cognitive impairment

A supportive care center for elderly patients with cognitive impairment is now open in the Jiangsu Road Community.







The 2,000-square-meter center at 2F, 515 Changning Road provides senior citizens who suffer cognitive disorders with day care, 24hr nursing, food deliveries and home visit services.




The Sunning Garden outlet has 54 beds and offers multiple solutions for elderly care with the help of smart kits.







Smart bed cushions will alert nurses immediately if an abnormal situation is detected. They have been widely adopted at the center to avoid rashes and bed sores common in people confined to bed.




With the help of VR equipment and aromatherapy, treatment introduced by the center can enhance the vision, hearing, smell, touch and perception of the elderly, enhance their physical fitness and immunity and stimulate brain vitality at the same time.







Rehabilitation instructors will assist the elderly in physical rehabilitation training services with the help of equipment. Additionally, entertainment activities for the seniors are available at the center.





Two communities in Changning have launched screening tests for cognitive impairment among senior citizens.







Sponsored by the central government, Jiangsu Road Community will test around 15,000 elderly people since they account for almost 35 percent of the community’s permanent population.




Huayang Road Community will test 5,000 elderly people in two groups. One is for intervention and the other is a control group. All the respondents are from six of the 21 community neighborhoods.





At the same time, Hongqiao Community will build a support system for cognitive disorders. The community will screen 1,900 elderly people from their health archives.




Cognitive disorders, also known as neurocognitive disorders, are a category of mental health disorders that primarily affect cognitive abilities, including learning, memory, perception and problem solving.





Neurocognitive disorders include delirium, mild and major neurocognitive disorder (previously known as dementia).








They are defined by deficits in cognitive ability that are acquired (as opposed to developmental), typically represent decline and may have underlying brain pathology. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition, by the American Psychiatric Association, defines six key domains of cognitive function: executive function, learning and memory, perceptual-motor function, language, complex attention and social cognition.




Although Alzheimer's disease accounts for the majority of neurocognitive disorder cases, there are various medical conditions that affect mental functions such as memory, thinking and the ability to reason, including frontotemporal degeneration, Huntington’s disease, Lewy body disease, traumatic brain injury and Parkinson’s disease.








China has paid more attention to mental health care. The second national mental health work plan (2015-2020) is building a physical infrastructure in mental health at community level, increasing the training of mental health professionals, and promoting health education to increase the awareness of commonly seen mental health disorders and psychological illness.




Increases in financial support for mental health services and for scientific research on mental health disorders have also been stressed in the work plan as safeguard measures.




Other measures to improve mental health services at grassroots include the establishment of psychological counseling and rehabilitation centers at community level.




Editor: Li Xinran Shanghai Daily





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