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

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

Exercise may help reduce fall risk for older adults with Alzheimer’s

People with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and other forms of dementia have difficulties performing the daily activities that others might consider routine

Exercise may help reduce fall risk for older adults with Alzheimer’sDementia takes a toll on those who live with it—and it also places a burden on caregivers. Along with problems connected to memory, language, and decision-making, dementia can cause neuropsychiatric symptoms, such as depression, anxiety, changes in mood, increased irritability, and changes in personality and behaviour. People who have AD/dementia also have twice the risk […]

Expert health tips for preventing dementia

Dementia is a general term for a decline in mental ability severe enough to interfere with daily life. Memory loss is an example. Alzheimer's is the most common type of dementia

Expert health tips for preventing dementiaPlenty of us joke about forgetting where we put the keys, but the fear of developing dementia is very real. Based on current trends, it’s estimated that the cases of dementia happens worldwide in ageing populations, studies say that a number of Americans with Alzheimer’s disease, one form of dementia, will increase by more than […]

Neck scan detects dementia way before symptoms appear, reveals study

A five-minute scan could be used to spot people at risk of dementia before symptoms appear, researchers claim. Scientists used ultrasound scanners to look at blood vessels in the necks of more than 3,000 people and monitored them over the next 15 years

Neck scan detects dementia way before symptoms appear, reveals studyThey found those with the most intense pulses went on to experience greater cognitive decline over the next decade than the other study participants Researchers have shown that early dementia signs could be detected by a simple short scan of the individual’s neck. The actual dementia symptoms could be seen up to 10 years after […]

Nine lifestyle changes that can reduce dementia risk

The report, which combines the work of 24 international experts, says lifestyle factors can play a major role in increasing or reducing an individual's dementia risk. It examines the benefits of building a "cognitive reserve", which means strengthening the brain's networks so it can continue to function in later life despite damage

Nine lifestyle changes that can reduce dementia riskOne in three cases of dementia could be prevented if more people looked after their brain health throughout life, according to an international study in the Lancet. It lists nine key risk factors including lack of education, hearing loss, smoking and physical inactivity. The study is being presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in […]

‘The dignity of elderly patients with dementia must be preserved’

Dementia is a mental health problem that shall increase in the years to come. On this World Alzheimer's Day, let us pledge to fight dementia and never to forget those who cannot remember

‘The dignity of elderly patients with dementia must be preserved’Dementia is a complex condition characterized by memory loss on one hand and deterioration of intelligence and personality on the other. Whenever I see patients with dementia I always think of someone who has been so productive in life, deteriorating as the brain shrinks with ageing. We all have known somebody with dementia. We have […]

Course to train dementia care givers a good move, say doctors

Need for dementia care centres and care-giving is increasing across India. In order to understand the cause behind rising dementia cases, the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS) has started an online initiative to train the caregivers

Course to train dementia care givers a good move, say doctorsDay after day, the need for dementia care centres and care-giving is increasing across India. Understanding the real issue behind rising incidences of dementia is the need of the hour. And to understand that, the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS) has started an online initiative to train the caregivers. “Given the rising […]

New study suggests slow walking speed linked with increased dementia risk

These findings suggest walking speed could be a predictor of future cognitive impairment in older adults. With an estimated 47 million people diagnosed with dementia and 9.9 million new cases every year, it's imperative to focus on prevention and early treatment to delay the progression of the disease

New study suggests slow walking speed linked with increased dementia riskThe way we walk can say a lot about us; fast walkers are seen as individuals with high energy, while slow walkers are seen as more relaxed. Our gait can reveal more than just our personality – it may also predict our brain health. A recent study published in Neurology suggests there’s a link between […]

Devise strong strategy to care for the elders with dementia, say experts

Healthcare professionals reiterated the need for governments to bring together the whole society in raising awareness and providing help for patients and families of those who suffer from degenerative disorders

Devise strong strategy to care for the elders with dementia, say expertsAsha and Praveen Bhosle (names changed) have been living at Aarambh, a residential care centre for the elderly at Powai in Mumbai, for a month now. While Asha has been diagnosed with dementia, Praveen suffers from Alzheimer’s. Their family made a decision to hand them over to professional carers to improve the quality of their […]

Decoding dementia: Need more dedicated professional carers, say experts

In the second of the four-part series on dementia, existing carers assert one of the ways dementia can be managed better is by changing the perceptions towards the elderly

Decoding dementia: Need more dedicated professional carers, say experts“Our centre takes care of about 40 dementia patients. We have around 30 trained carers, apart from general staff. The biggest challenge we face is finding people who want to engage in care giving, and retaining them,” said Mansi Atre, administration manager at Dignity Lifestyle Township, Neral. She echoed the larger issue of lack of […]