Alzheimer's disease in India - a largely hidden problem
Nearly 65% of people living in India are under the age of 35 years but more than 80 million Indians are above the age of 65 years.
As per reports, more than four million people are said to be suffering from Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.
As increasing number of women are a part of the workforce and people nowadays live in nuclear families, caring for people with dementia is quite challenging.
Alzheimer's is still a largely hidden problem in India as many people still think that memory loss and confusion are a part of the ageing process.
Families are against consulting a doctor and treating people for dementia due to lack of awareness and negative attitudes towards the brain disease.
The report suggests proper diagnosis and counselling for the family to improve the quality of care of elderly patients with Alzheimer's or dementia.
The Alzheimer's and Related disorders Society of India (ARDSI) works towards creating awareness of Alzheimer's and encouraging people to treat its symptoms.