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 […]

Decoding dementia: 4.1 million patients in India, only 20 care centres

In the first of a four-part series on dementia, we focus on lack of care facilities available to the elderly population suffering from the ailment. Experts say despite the rising number of dementia patients, there is a lack of awareness about the condition and management among public as well as healthcare professionals

Decoding dementia: 4.1 million patients in India, only 20 care centres  It’s 3am, and Seeta Chidambaram is crying inconsolably. “Everyone is ignoring me. You all will leave me,” the 87-year-old tells her daughter, Vijayalakshmi Mani. The family says this happens often. “My mother suffers from dementia. There are days she cries uncontrollably, and there are days when she does not talk. There are times she […]

People need to change their approach towards a person with dementia, says Nilanjana

She feels that reporting about dementia does not show its real picture. She says that it is important to focus on the developments and accomplishments in its care. Working in the field of dementia care for the past two decades have made her understand the unique needs of both the person with dementia and their family members. She feels that changing our approach to understand the condition and the people experiencing it can produce more well-being than anything else

People need to change their approach towards a person with dementia, says Nilanjana  Reporting about dementia more often do not capture its daunting picture. Yes, dementia can be miserable and chaotic and everything in between. I can think of no other condition that could place such a heavy burden on families, communities, and societies. However, it’s important to focus on the developments and accomplishments in dementia care, […]

Ultra-thin female mannequins ‘unrealistic’, promote medically unhealthy body

It is well recognised that internalisation of ‘ultra-thin’ body ideals in women acts as risk factor the development of eating disorders and impaired psychological well-being . However, in the modern developed world unrealistic body ideals are communicated both implicitly and explicitly to women

Ultra-thin female mannequins ‘unrealistic’, promote medically unhealthy bodyResearchers looked at and examined the displays in female fashion shops in two UK cities. Their conclusion was that people would be “considered medically unhealthy” if they were the same size as the mannequins in real life “There is clear evidence showing that the ultra-thin ideal is contributing to the development of mental health problems […]

Direct Dil Se: Akshay Kumar talks about mental health in a video message

Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar shared his joy of receiving his first National Award for 'Rustom' from the President on May 3 in a video message, but there was something in this video, which showcased his concern and thoughts about mental health

Direct Dil Se: Akshay Kumar talks about mental health in a video messageBollywood actor Akshay Kumar shared his joy of receiving his first National Award for ‘Rustom’ from the President on May 3 in a video message, but there was something in this video, which showcased his concern and thoughts about mental health. He dealt with this sensitive issue of rising suicide rate among India’s youth, which […]

Doctors hail ‘Kaasav’ as a movie which aptly conveys what people in depression go through

Movies are a strong medium to connect with the masses; ‘Kaasav’ is a movie which strikes a chord among people. Depression is a matter of concern; urban metros are witnessing a growing burden of mental health problems and spreading awareness goes a long way in helping people speak out

Doctors hail ‘Kaasav’ as a movie which aptly conveys what people in depression go throughThe Bombay Psychiatric Society (BPS) held a special screening of ‘Kaasav’- a Marathi movie which won this year’s national award at BYL Nair Hospital. Appreciating the movie’s attempt to spread awareness on depression, the BPS said movies are a strong medium to communicate with masses. “Spreading awareness through entertainment is a tough task and the […]

Forum for Autism plans two-day event to mark World Autism Awareness Day

Autism is a neurological disorder characterized by developmental and social problems. In India about 18 million people suffer from autism, of which around one third of people with autism remain non-verbal and one-third of people with autism have an intellectual disability

Forum for Autism plans two-day event to mark World Autism Awareness DayParents’ support group, Forum for Autism (FFA) is all set to mark Autism Day which is observed on April 2. It will be organising number of programmes to spread awareness about autism on World Autism Awareness Day on Sunday. Beginning today, this two-day programme includes exhibition of posters made by children suffering from Autism, and […]

First in India and second in world, brain surgery for autism gives new lease of life to a US woman

USA-based Pamela Mehra was diagnosed with autism at the age of 3. She was doing well, but eventually started reducing her social interaction with others. After failing to get her treated in the US and Germany, the Mehra’s flew down to India. Jaslok Hospital doctors revived hope of life for Mehra’s with this successful surgery

First in India and second in world, brain surgery for autism gives new lease of life to a US womanIn a first-of-its-kind surgery in India and second in the world, a 42-year-old underwent a deep brain surgery of nucleus accumbens (NAc) for autism and obsessive compulsive behaviour was successfully performed at Jaslok Hospital and Research Centre of Mumbai. USA-based Pamela Mehra was diagnosed with autism at the age of 3. She was doing well, […]

Lok Sabha passes Mental Healthcare Bill, decriminalising suicide, but doctors are sceptical over its implementation

The Mental Health Care Bill was passed by Rajya Sabha, with 134 official amendments in August 2016. This Bill decriminalises suicide, and empowers the patients for mental healthcare

Lok Sabha passes Mental Healthcare Bill, decriminalising suicide, but doctors are sceptical over its implementationThe Lok Sabha today passed a very important Mental Health Care Bill, which provides mental healthcare and services for the people with mental illness and ensures these persons will have the right to live a life with dignity. This Bill also decriminalises attempted suicide.  In effect, IPC provisions cannot be invoked in case of an […]
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