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Dementia and the psychological wellbeing of older people and their formal and informal carers

On the 22nd of July 2021, MENARAH’s Network Lead Professor Shereen Hussein contributed to a seminar jointly organised by the Centre for Global Chronic Conditions and the Centre for Global Mental Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. The seminar focused on global chronic mental health conditions to showcase recent and ongoing research aligned with chronic mental health conditions in different contexts. Professor Hussein discussed how the prevalence of people living with dementia (PIwD) has been increasing significantly across the globe. While dementia does not affect only older people, most PLwD are older people and usually suffer from other long term care conditions and needs. The psychological burden of this disease on PLwD and their informal and formal caregivers is immense and are exacerbated by a lack of societal awareness and existing norms such as stigma and neglect. In her talk, she briefly introduced the global dementia prevalence, highlighting current gaps in our knowledge. She then focused on the psychological wellbeing aspects of living with or caring for someone who lives with dementia. She discussed the role and intersectionality of policy, society and the individual actors in enhancing the quality of life of PLwD and their carers.


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Shereen Husseinis a Health and Social Care Policy professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), United Kingdom.
Shereen Founded the MENARAH Network in 2019, through an initial grant from the Global Challenge Research Fund, UKRI. She is a medical demographer with expertise in ageing, family dynamics, migration and long-term care systems. Shereen regularly collaborates with the United Nations, the World Health Organisation and the World Bank in policy and research focused on ageing in the Middle East and North Africa Region.
Shereen received her undergraduate degree in statistics and a postgraduate degree in computer science at Cairo University. She completed an MSc in medical demography at the London School of Hygiene and a PhD in quantitative demography and population studies at the London School of Economics and Political Science, United Kingdom.