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Alzheimer’s & Dementia in India- Symptoms, Prevention, Risk, Stages, Causes, and treatment

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Why Psychiatric Care is a Social Taboo in India:

People approach multispeciality hospitals to visit cardiology, neurology, gastrology and everything but they won’t prefer to see a psychiatrist. Because in India, visiting a psychiatric care is considered as a social taboo.

The individual feels that “What my friends and family will think of me if I visit the mental hospital?”. This mentality makes the case worse. “We are here because you deserve to be okay!”

We are facing these age-related diseases like Alzheimer’s Disease, osteoporosis, obesity and depression because of our low focus towards mental wellbeing. This factor is due to lack of knowledge and awareness towards the Mental health. At the moment, in awareness, we are far away behind in comparison with other countries.

There are a large group of people with many health issues around the globe. In that category, old people suffer the most because of the age factors. The major illness that is associated with the age factor is Alzheimer’s.

Are you Aware?

Talking about awareness of Alzheimer’s, it is strong enough among the developed nations. They have more information, statistics, database and most importantly exclusive researchers.

Especially the countries like London, Australia and America people reach a professional before the disease gets mature. This means they have enough knowledge about the signs and the symptoms associated with diseases.

It’s sad to say, In India, we don’t even know such kind of diseases exists or not. We focus more on hypertension, diabetes and tuberculosis. Illnesses like Alzheimer’s is like ticking time bombs. When it triggered we won’t even have time to take control of it. Though Alzheimer’s is not curable still it is absolutely manageable.

What is Alzheimer’s & Its Root Causes?

Alzheimer’s is the disease that attacks the brain. It is the most common form of dementia. This is caused because of the brain cell death. Alzheimer’s is the sixth leading cause of death in America. Already middle-income countries have 58% of people with Alzheimer or another dementia, by 2050 it will have a rise up to 68%

Sometimes Alzheimer’s is taken as a normal ageing related problem which in actuality is not. Alzheimer’s is entirely different and is an abnormal process of forgetfulness. The individual or the caregiver firstly need to know- What does the illness mean?  What are its symptoms? What are its primary signs? Also, we need to know the practicality of the illness.

10 Earlier Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s disease:

  1. Memory difficulties affecting daily life.
  2. Difficulty planning or solving problems.
  3. Confusion with place and time.
  4. Finding difficulty with familiar tasks at home.
  5. Misplacing things.
  6. Difficulty in recalling words or following a conversation.
  7. Problems with judgement.
  8. Change in personality.
  9. Social and work withdrawal.
  10. Problems with vision or perception.

Tips to manage Alzheimer’s:

  1. Stay Active:
    Boost your brain by doing activities such as walking, jogging, yoga and aerobics. It will help to strengthen the brain areas blended with multitasking, planning and organizing. Exercise will improve memory.

  2. Captivate your brain:

    Research suggests that reading or learning new information might reduce Alzheimer disease by 47%. So, try to solve some riddles, crosswords, or play cards/chess. This might make the brain structure strong and protect the arrangement, in turn, decreasing the risk of Alzheimer’s.

  3. Follow Diet Chart:

    Consume foods rich in vitamins C and E that will reduce brain shrinkage by 50%. (Foods for Alzheimer’s explained below ).

  4. Maintain Emotional Support:

    How do I feel today? And what I am up to? Sharing the information with friends and families might drastically cut down the chances of advancing to the Alzheimer’s disease.

  5. Take Over Hypertension:

    Hypertension has the odds of raising the risk of both vascular dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Mediation and right diet is a good defender against Alzheimer’s.

  6. Quit smoking

    Risk of developing dementia and Alzheimer’s disease is higher with smoking. A research institute in Finland found that smoking 2 packets of cigarettes every day will increase the chance of getting Alzheimer’s in the near future.

  7. Stop being cynical

    According to a new study published in the medical journal, Neurology people with high levels of cynicism are more likely to develop dementia.

  8. Try To Stay Away from Stress & Stressors

    Stress can increase the probabilities of Alzheimer’s and so as its severity too. Making yourself occupied may help to combat stress. Avoid situations or people with negative thoughts.

  9. Sound Sleep

    Having a great sleep for 6 to 8 hours may help the brain to reduce the levels of amyloid plaques which is culprit factor that majorly contributes to Alzheimer’s disease.

Foods to manage Alzheimer’s disease

  Powerful antioxidant present in spices can increase memory and stops brain damage from Alzheimer’s
  Eating an apple can activate the brain chemical called acetylcholine which helps in increasing memory, So, an apple a day keeps Alzheimer’s away.
  Berries are good against memory issues. It contains a chemical called anthocyanosides.
  Presence of polyphenol in red wine helps to reduce memory loss.
  Research suggests that Alzheimer’s symptoms may lower for nine years by consuming Omega- 3 fatty acids that found in fish like salmon, tuna and mackerel.
  The chance of increasing cognitive functioning is possible by supplement called folic acid which helps to reduce homocysteine which is responsible for hyperactive functioning.
  Dark chocolate can boost cerebral activity which enhances the brain’s blood circulation, lowers blood pressure and strokes
  Coffee conquers the risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s by 65%. Antioxidants in vitamins C and E help reduce brain diminution by 50%.

Alzheimer’s Treatment:

We have a social obligation for the people in order to take care of their health and emotional well-being. And it is the hallmark of an advanced society. Make your mental health and wellbeing a priority.
Though there isn’t any specific cure to treat Alzheimer’s, there are some medications & defensive measures that can decrease the symptoms of the illness. Also, a supportive atmosphere & physical health strategies like good health practices & activities may help in waving off the early-onset of the signs & make life simpler. Reach out Cadabam’s for the betterment, call us on +91 96111 94949