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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

'Alzheimer's patients require love, care, medicines', A testimony (extract of article). By Madhulika Sonkar, Sept. 2011.

'Alzheimer's patients require love, care, medicines' (Sep 21 is World Alzheimer's Day)

"New Delhi, Sep 20 (IANS) 'Pick laundry', 'Pay maid' and notes relating to other daily chores greet you as you enter Padma Narsimhan's room, where she sits in a corner listening to morning ragas in her own voice.

The notes are necessary as 75-year-old Narsimhan, has been suffering from Alzheimer's disease for the last four years.
She struggles to remember even the most basic activities of her daily life. But her daughter ensures she is not subjected to the loneliness the disease brings with it.
'Life was going normal until a family feud began stressing my mother. She was active in working at home but one day she forgot to switch off the cooking gas for hours. We used to give her money and tell her to keep it safe but she would forget where she had kept it,' said Narsimhan's daughter Rangashri Kishore as she recalled her mother's journey.
'After some visits to the doctor, I and my husband realised it was Alzheimer's. We prepared ourselves to be with her in the times when she really needed us,' an emotional Rangashri told IANS.
Though both her daughter and son-in-law work - necessitating the notes - but a maid ensures that Narsimhan is never left alone in the house as she does not even know what is to be done when someone knocks on the door.
But her son-in-law, M.C. Kishore, said that despite the memory disorder, the septuagenarian is clued in to current affairs and is the first one to read the newspapers and narrate the stories of the day to her grandchildren."


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