Being in Elder Care for some years I had the opportunity to work with people suffering from Alzheimer's and also their family members.
There is no cure for Alzheimer's, though there is treatment to stabilizes the Patient. Its one form of Dementia and the person suffers from Memory Loss. The rough estimate of people suffering from Dementia is 2% to 3% of the total Elderly population in India
Its terrible to see our own spouse, family members suffering form this diseases and forgetting things like day to day routine work, they forget their own partners and family members and many time become in manageable.
Since couple of years few NGO's like ARDSI has done some awareness and Central government has woken up.
We need a Action plan from Center, State Government, NGO's and Corporate.
We need to discuss:
Why not take All India Survey
The care aspect
Psycho social care
R & D
Alternate Therapies - Pet therapy, Music Therapy, Reflexology, Garden Therapy etc
Day care Center
24 x 7 Care homes
Care givers and Care takers training programme and module
Special ward in each Municipal / Big hospital
Support groups for family members
Awareness among the General Practitioner and Medical fraternity
Awareness among the common man
Awareness among the Institution like Police, Schools and Colleges
Benefits for the care givers form their offices - like maternity leave
Dementia Register in each Taluka /District
And so on many such issues
Can a Celebrity come Ahead and be part of National Campaign (like Polio and AIDS ) and help the cause.
Advisor - Society for Serving Seniors
Life Member - ARDSI,Mumbai Chapter
Forget yourself for others, and others will never forget you.