Sailesh Mishra, Founder of Silver Innings, having worked with thousands of senior citizens over the years and winner of the Karamveer Award speaks about Dementia…
“Anyone above the age of 60 should be careful. Today around 3.7% of Indian Elders are suffering from some form of Dementia. In Types of Dementia – Alzheimer’s , Vascular Dementia are common in India
Dementia / Alzheimer’s knows NO social, economic, ethnic or geographical boundaries and affects people throughout the world
It is not a specific disease. It’s an overall term that describes a wide range of symptoms associated with a decline in memory or other thinking skills severe enough to reduce a person’s ability to perform everyday activities. It is caused by damage to brain cells. This damage interferes with the ability of brain cells to communicate with each other. When brain cells cannot communicate normally, thinking, behavior and feelings can be affected.
People with dementia may have problems with short-term memory, keeping track of a purse or wallet, paying bills, planning and preparing meals, remembering appointments or traveling out of the neighborhood.
Dementias are progressive and not curable. Their symptoms start out slowly and gradually get worse. If you or a loved one is experiencing memory difficulties or other changes in thinking skills, don’t ignore them. See a doctor – a Neurologist or Psychiatrist soon, for professional evaluation and to determine the cause and this may detect a treatable condition. Even if symptoms suggest Dementia, early diagnosis allows a person to get the maximum benefit from available treatments.
10 Warning Sign to watch out for…
♥ Memory loss that disrupts daily life : forgetting recently learned information, date, time, names.
♥ Challenges in planning or solving problems: not able to plan kitchen, cooking, monthly bills
♥ Difficulty completing familiar tasks at home, at work or at leisure: not able to locate place, not able to manage Activity of Daily living
♥ Confusion with time or place: disorientation about time, place
♥ Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships: trouble in reading, visual image, colour, judging
♥ New problems with words in speaking or writing: forgetting familiar words, repetitive
♥ Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps: not able to trace things, may put things in unusual places: keeping keys in fridge, vegetable in cupboard…
♥ Decreased or poor judgment: not able to take decision, can’t handle money transactions or make clear choices.
♥ Withdrawal from work or social activities: disinterested in grooming, social life, prefer to be loner
♥ Changes in mood and personality: frequent changes – depression, sad, angry, irritated, fearful, hallucination, suspicious”