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Monday, January 16, 2012

"A dementia patient in the family....". Here's a personal account on how to deal with it." Article from Mumbai Mirror "Down Memory Lane"..

‎"Down memory lane. A dementia patient in the family can be a challenge for the caregivers. Here's a personal account on how to deal with it." Neil Pate, Monday, January 16, 2012.

....."Two years ago, when Daddy forgot his wallet or mixed up the characters of his favourite TV serial Saat Phere - Saloni ka safar and Balika Vadhu, we laughed at his absent-mindedness. Over time, his interest in TV soaps dwindled. 

It became a matter of concern, when he started getting more confused, forgot people, names and telephone numbers, and became increasingly irritable. 

One morning, he asked his son, who works as a consulting neurologist at P D Hinduja Hospital, “Where do you go every day? Do you work in some office?” It took a formal cognitive test to confirm that Daddy, a retired district judge who loved reading Mills & Boons and collecting watches, was in the second stage of dementia – losing track of time, literally.".....

So what do you do when your parent or spouse is diagnosed with dementia, and you know you're fighting a losing battle? “Accept the fact that the person is ill,” says Dr Roop, who takes care of many Alzheimer patients but never thought dementia would come so close to home. 

And :

What is dementia? 
Watch out for these symptoms,
Help at hand,
For the caregiver,
Get outside help,
Support groups, in Mumbai.


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