Mental health: Maha’s memory clinic, a boon for patients suffering from dementia and Alzheimer’s

In order to detect and treat poor patients from rural areas suffering from dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, the Maharashtra government had set-up ‘Memory Clinic’ in 28 districts of the state. Till now, the clinic has attended more than 2,200 patients, out of which 300 patients have been diagnosed and are being treated for dementia


  • With an aim to detect the rising number of cases of dementia and Alzheimer’s in rural areas, the state government has set-up ‘Memory Clinics.’
  • In this clinic patients and the family members are counselled by the doctors. And the main focus is on the early detection of the disease.

With a rising number of cases, mental illness, in India is spreading like an epidemic. Stress, faulty lifestyle and other various factors are responsible for the rising number of cases with mental illness.

In order to curb the cases, with timely diagnosis and treatment, the Maharashtra government has set-up the ‘Memory Clinics.’ In India currently, there are about 4.1 million people who are suffering from dementia.

While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Eknath Shinde, Health Minister of Maharashtra, said, “The clinics were set-up for early detection and treatment of the disease. People those who are suffering from dementia are attended twice a week by the doctors at the district hospitals. So far,  ‘Memory Clinics’ have been set-up in 28 districts.”

He added, “Once the patients are brought to the clinic. The doctors evaluate their medical records and monitor their progress on a weekly basis. Physical and mental exercises are taught to patients. Also, the family members are counselled, in order to have an improved and effective management of the disease.”

What is dementia?

Dementia is not a specific disease. It’s an overall term that describes a group of symptoms associated with a decline in memory or other thinking skills severe enough to reduce a person’s ability to perform everyday activities. Alzheimer’s disease accounts for 60 to 80 per cent of cases.

Though dementia generally involves memory loss, memory loss has different causes. So memory loss alone doesn’t mean you have dementia.

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of a progressive dementia in older adults, but there are a number of causes of dementia. Depending on the cause, some dementia symptoms can be reversed.

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