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Fading Memories: Breaking the Stigma of Dementia and Illuminating Hope

Dementia, a condition that steals memories and fragments identities, is not only a battle against the disease itself but also...

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Palliative care for elders

Death is inevitable; as living beings, dying is a normal part of our life cycle. Most people at some point of their lives would have thought about ‘how they want to pass away’. It is always...

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Caregiver Tips On Managing Late Stage Dementia At Home

A progressive illness, dementia is actually a group of symptoms, or a syndrome, in which there is global deterioration of cognitive function accompanied by changes...

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Phenomenon of healthy ageing and physiology of ageing

Ageing is not a disease but a biological universal phenomenon and is attributed to various factors including disease, environment, genetics, lifestyle, and the natural process itself. Today most people can expect longevity in their 60s and beyond. People worldwide...

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Current scenario of eldercare market, is policy strengthening required in our country?

India is at a crossroads when it comes to elder care. Still considered a young nation, caring for elderly historically (and culturally) has always been considered as an individual, familial responsibility rather than the responsibility of the state or community. One of the few silver linings...

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The effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on neuropsychiatric symptoms in dementia

In late 2019, SARS-CoV-2 was identified as a new type of coronavirus which quickly escalated into a global pandemic and from then, life changed for everyone, everywhere. One of the earliest conclusions about its severity arose from its effect on the ageing population and on people with underlying comorbidities. Within the ageing…

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Dementia: myths, fact and all you need to know about the neurodegenerative condition

Dementia is a neurodegenerative condition that affects the cognitive functioning of the brain like thinking, reasoning, and remembering to such an extent that it hinders the day to day normal activities of an elderly individual. It affects...

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Effective nutrition care tips for the elderly with dementia

Dementia is a complex disease, chronic and progressive in nature, in which cognitive functions such as thinking, remembering, reasoning and behavioural abilities deteriorate. Due to this loss, a person’s daily life and activities...

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Elderly are struggling with loneliness and dementia

The importance of mental health is highly underrated globally, and India is not far behind. The first director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO), Dr. Brock Chisholm, in 1954, had rightly declared...

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International day of older persons

On this day of the #International Day of #Older Persons, the United Nations has released its statement on #digitalequity for all ages, especially those who are on the margin (elderly & women) and are compromised. The western world and #India view digitalisation from very different lenses...

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What role does food play In dementia management?

People around the globe work to earn their meals. Food acts as an excellent motivator – people know that they have to work in order to “put food on the table”. Food or nutrition plays an essential role...

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How normal is the new normal for elders?

People were still coping and managing the delta variant of SARS-CoV-2, when on Nov 26th, 2021, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the outbreak of a new Covid-19 variant, Omicron. The 3rd wave is here and...

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Handling agitation in dementia

Visualise a situation where you suddenly open your eyes and can’t make any sense of where you are or what you are doing there. Your surroundings seem unfamiliar to you...and there is a person in your room, giving...

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How to prevent caregiver burnout in dementia care

Caregiving for people with dementia is in many ways more challenging than looking after somebody with a physical condition. This is because when you look after someone with dementia, you end up...

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Importance of emotional memory and associations in dementia

Each individual is unique and so are his or her experiences, memories and feelings. There is a general apathy towards dementia especially when it comes to remembering the person they are, the rich history they hold...

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Fronto-temporal dementia is one of the most challenging types of dementia

Fronto-Temporal Dementia (FTD) is one of the lesser-known types of dementia and equally or more challenging to handle than others. It accounts for about 5-10% cases of...

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Why elder care services is unexplored in India

Elder care in India is a slightly dichotomous term at the moment. On one hand, there is the looming statistics which suggests that this nation needs to gear up for a crisis (by 2050, the no. of elderly in India would...

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Essential tips for caregivers looking after the elderly

“Let us try to enhance the capacity of the older people to support themselves for as long as possible. And, when they cannot do so any more, to care for them,” were Nelson Mandela’s poignant words.
There are around 115 million senior citizens...

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The stigma of dementia

Dementia is a chronic and debilitating neurodegenerative disease. It is characterized by a decline in multiple cognitive abilities that significantly interferes with an individual’s functioning; both physical and mental...

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Need for specialised geriatric and dementia care in India

In India, around 115 million are senior citizens (60 years and above), and out of those, around 12 million are super senior citizens (80 years and above). In a few decades India will no longer..

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Dementia care: here's everything you need to know about dementia management from expert

Dementia is one of the major causes of disability and dependency among older people worldwide. About 50 million people are suffering from this condition worldwide..

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Understanding the phenomenon of healthy ageing and its physiology

Ageing is mainly defined as ‘progressive physiological changes in an organism, and that leads to senescence, or a decline of biological functions and of the organism’s ability to adapt to metabolic stress,’ as...

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Dementia- types, stages and end of life care management

Dementia is a complex disease often draining family members and stripping elders of their identity thus leaving many devastated. Contrary to popular opinion labeling it as a mental health issue, dementia actually occurs when...

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Do the right thing

Compared to the rest of the world, today, India is still a ‘young’ country. However, recently, India has been

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Handling loneliness in elderly

With changing social structures, lifestyles becoming more individualistic and shrinking families, loneliness has become almost synonymous with ageing. One of the most dreaded notions about our end of life is the ‘feeling of being alone’. These notions...

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Music and dementia: here’s how it works as an effective combination

“Music can heal the wound that medicine cannot touch.”
These words by author Debasish Mridha hold true in every possible way. Dementia is a complex and debilitating neurodegenerative disease. It occurs when parts of our...

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Latest developments in elder care and dementia care

Elders are an integral part of any society. The global population of elderly over 60 years of age has doubled since 1980, and is now around 100 crores, and it is expected to double again by 2050. As the average age life span...

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Can technology improve dementia care?

With the global scenario inevitably racing towards an aging population, the demand for healthcare facilities will dramatically increase and the world will be forced to come up with creative solutions. Little can be done to control the upsurge in...

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Explained: how the number of dementia patients is increasing in India

The World Health Organization reports on dementia show an exponential increase in the number of older people living with dementia. According to WHO, today there are around 55 million...

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