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World Alzheimer’s Day: In Memory of Those With 'Memory Loss

The entire world is a stage, and we are mere actors, echoed The Bard, eons ago. As the curtains go down slowly for those in the grips of this crippling disease, today on// World Alzheimer’s day, the stage is set for deep reckoning; it is time to take the bull by its horns and evolve better strategies for effective management of the disease.

Alzheimer’s is a degenerative disease of the central nervous system marked by stark and untimely backslide in the patient’s mental capabilities. It is estimated that nearly 2 to 4 million persons suffer age related dementia, out of which nearly two-thirds have Alzheimer's disease. Alzheimer's Disease is the most notorious of dementias, which sets in gradually leading to an irreversible memory loss, abnormal behavioral and personality changes, combined with a steep fall in intellectual /thinking abilities.

The risks of Alzheimer’s disease go up with age and become pronounced after the age of 65. Two main risk factors of Alzheimer’s disease include a strong family history of dementia and Down’s syndrome. Patients with Alzheimer's disease encounter grave problems with memory, judgment, and structured thought process that make it extremely difficult to lead a normal life. Additionally there may be fluctuations in mood and changes in behavior. The rate of progression of the disease varies with each person; therefore it is important to diagnose early to realize better treatment outcomes.

Although there is no known cure for Alzheimer’s, research shows that the quality of care can have a far-reaching impact on the patients. Adopting a person-centered approach that promotes independence, taking adequate care not to crush the individuality of the person with dementia, is the corner stone of treatment measures. The caregivers should be suitably trained to handle patients suffering this disease. Perpetuation of care by the staff, which fosters trust and builds a relationship between the caregivers and
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