It's okay if your child does not remember the day. But if your parent is struggling to orient names, places, faces and days, it might be the signs of something more serious - like Dementia. It is time to seek help.
Dementia is a disease of the brain characterized by progressive deterioration in brain function including memory, learning, orientation, language, comprehension and judgment. The irreversible decline in intellectual and physical functioning affects the person with dementia and causes significant distress to their family and carers.
Moreover, dementia is not merely a problem of memory. It reduces the ability to learn, reason, retain or recall past experience and there is also loss of patterns of thoughts, feelings and activities. Dementia also results in a progressive decline of cognitive abilities, poor self-healthcare, physical dependency, wandering, aggression and difficult behaviours.
> The World Health Organization (WHO) predicts that by 2025 about 75% of the estimated 1.2 billion people aged 60 years and above will reside in developing countries.
> As per estimates made in the World Alzheimer Report 2015, over 4.2 million people in India are affected by Dementia.
The signs and Symptoms of Dementia are often confused with the normal ageing process. When in doubt, it is ideal to visit a Psychiatrist who will run a series of tests to check if it may be a form of Dementia.
Download the DemKonnect app. The app has a simple screening test to check for risk of Dementia, and if it is, the app also helps connect discretely with a Dementia care specialist to seek help.