Dr Ninad Baste, president of the Indian Psychiatric Society to Hindustan Times (Friday, Jan 04, 2019) – “India has second most number of individuals suffering from dementia.”
In India, the number of people suffering from dementia is about 4.1 million
The steaming facts on dementia have popped a curious question on your head! India has the second most number of individuals suffering from dementia
The answer is quite simple, ‘lack of awareness among people about dementia’
A report published by the Alzheimer’s and Related Disorders Society of India states- About 4.1 million Indians suffering from dementia and its likely to double by 2035.
In order to break this stigma and know about the disorder is all about, people need to educate themselves about it. So here are the top 10 facts on dementia you must know.
Majority of the people believe dementia is an age-related disorder. Actually, it isn’t! Between the age of 30-70 and above, anyone can experience dementia. The risks of encountering dementia are higher in a person with diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, or arteriosclerosis and etc.
According to the research conducted by Dr Aoife Kiely, Research Communications Officer at Alzheimer’s Society where – women are more likely to experience dementia more than men at a ratio of 2:1.
A hormone called ‘estrogen’ is the reason behind the rising numbers in women (biologically the hormone seems higher in women). According to the study, estrogen affects the memory functions of the brain, cardiovascular system and sleep patterns. Which paves the way to encounter dementia.
Numerous people think Alzheimer’s disease and dementia are two different disorders. In fact, Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia.
Dementia is a term used to describe a collection of symptoms that cause a decline in brain function. This leads to difficulty with cognitive behaviours such as memory, decision making and rational thinking. Alzheimer’s disease is a form of dementia that specifically affects parts of the brain that control thought, memory and language.
Apart from memory issues, dementia instils more symptoms that include,
Unlike the other disorders, dementia is closely connected with an individual’s lifestyle. A person with poor lifestyle habits is at a higher risk of developing dementia. Factors that increase the risk of having dementia are
Unfortunately, the researchers are yet to find a cure for dementia. But it is absolutely manageable. Through proper medication, treatment and coping skills anyone can manage and reduce the symptoms of dementia.
There are numerous symptoms are associated with it. Here are some symptoms of dementia,
A lot of people confuse forgetfulness and confusion a normal part of aging. Wake up to this, they are early warning signs of dementia. Reach out to a doctor and have yourself screened for it. If dementia is diagnosed earlier, the symptoms could be reversed through proper medications and treatments.