News

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Alzheimer’s and dementia

Reminisce about good ol’ days, fight dementia
Jayashree Nandi, TNN, Oct 10, 2010, 02.24am IST

…” A person who is 80 today must have been in school once, fallen in love and done many great things in life. She needs to remember she has gone through all that and should know that she is living life like a long journey…” Read more here.

Shortage of caregivers, dedicated old age homes hits families of Alzheimer’s patients
Published: Sunday, Sep 19, 2010, 3:13 IST
By Deepa Suryanarayan | Place: Mumbai | Agency: DNA… “We train the home caregiver to deal with such situations. For instance, if the patient usually has two rotis for lunch, give him one and give the other after some time,” explains Dr Barodawala, adding that ARDSI, in collaboration with SNDT Churchgate, will commence a six-month home caregiver’s course for Alzheimer’s patients next year.”… Read the article here.

In India, no dignity in dementia
Kounteya Sinha | September 18, 2010…”Today, an estimated 37 lakh people in India are affected by dementia, which is expected to double by 2030. Despite the magnitude, there is gross ignorance and neglect, and services are scarce for people with Alzheimer’s and their families.”… Read the article here.

Vanishing Mind

Namita Devidayal | September 18, 2010

…”The good news is that what ten years ago was viewed as inexplicably bizarre behaviour by family members is now being understood as an illness, albeit one for which there is no treatment other than love and care. As Dr Roop Gursahani, a neurologist with Hinduja Hospital in Mumbai says, “These days, people come in and say, ‘I think my father has Alzheimer’s’. Ten years ago, they may have come in and said, ‘My father is behaving in a very odd way.’…” Read the article here.

Do I know you?
KOUNTEYA SINHA TIMES NEWS NETWORK , TOI Crest, Jun 5, 2010, 12.00am IST

… (“Dr Kameshwar Prasad, professor of neurology at AIIMS, says that the number of trained caregivers must keep pace with the patients, including those within families. “Education of caregivers and family members about dementia, its effects on the patient, how best to manage care and respond to symptoms, is vital. Taking care of such patients can be very taxing and what’s really tough is to see their loved one, whom they have looked up to all along, suddenly start becoming so helpless.”) Read the article here.

Autism

Soon, autistic kids to get relief from Std I
Shreya Bhandary, TNN, Apr 4, 2011

“The SSC board is planning to introduce concessions for autistic children from Std I to Std IX. As a result, such children, who often have poor eye-muscle coordination, would be able use computers to appear for their exams. Children may also be allowed to seek exemption from certain languages or opt for a lower level of maths as well as science.”… Read the article here.

These little professors are wired differently
Malathy Iyer, TNN, Apr 4, 2011

…”He appears, in fact, to be something of a genius: he is a whiz with spellings and has won a couple of awards, he can read rapidly in four languages and can tell you the day if you give him any date in a 100-year calendar.”… Read the article here.

Cancer

City turns pink to create breast cancer awareness
TNN, Oct 9, 2010, 04.47am IST

…”Early detection of breast cancer saves lives. There are only two ways for early detection of breast cancer. First, if women detect any change in their breast, they should consult a specialist immediately. Secondly, all women over the age of 40 years should have annual screening mammograms to know early, if any, symptoms of a possible breast cancer later…” Read more here.

Drug to cut cancer therapy side-effects
Shimona Kanwar, TNN, Sep 18, 2010, 03.34am IST

… “Cancer patients undergoing radiotherapy have to cope with some side-effects, including hair loss. They have a hope: a drug, developed by Defence Research & Development Organization (DRDO), promises to reduce these side-effects by 75%. It will soon be available in the market.”… Read the article here.

Caregivers

August 1, 2010
Old age needs care, caregivers need support
K. Savitha

… “Caregivers thus need to be given all encouragement and support by society. The Income Tax department could give an across-the-board relief to all families supporting an 80-plus senior citizen and spare them the rigours of having to prove dementia in such cases. Day care centres will soon be the need of the times and surely prove a great boon to both the old and their care givers.”…Read the article here.

Expressindia » Story
Daughter caregivers more prone to depression
ANI
Posted: Jun 07, 2010 at 1528 hrs IST

…”A new study says that adult daughters, caring for a parent recovering from a stroke, are more prone to get into depression than sons.”… Read the article here.

Law & related

Bombay HC looks to make govt disabled friendly
Swati Deshpande , TNN, Jan 16, 2011

…” In a boost for the visually impaired, a bench of Chief Justice Mohit Shah and Justice S J Vazifdar set up a working group of experts to study and identify various advanced-technology software that could be incorporated into the governmental scheme of things and asked the state to see to it that even a person with complete vision loss be considered for posts in government departments.” … Read more here.

Learning Disability (LD)

‘Arrogant schools deny rights’
Anahita Mukherji, TNN | Apr 5, 2011

…”Dr Harish Shetty, president, Counsellor’s Association of India, and an early pioneer of LD awareness, is currently treating 28 children with LD who have been denied their rights by the education boards. “This is because of the arrogance of the managements of educational institutions and also because of a complete lack of accountability by schools and colleges,” said Shetty.”… Read more here.

Mental health

By 2020, 15% of world’s ailments will be due to mental disorders
Kounteya Sinha, TNN, Jan 22, 2011

“By 2020, nearly 15% of the world’s disease burden will be due to mental disorders. Calling it a matter of great concern, with such disorders still grossly overlooked in India and with its awareness low even among healthcare professionals, Union health minister Ghulam Nabi Azad said about 20% of all patients seen by primary health care doctors have one or more mental disorder. One in four families is likely to have at least one member with a behavioural or mental disorder”… Read the article here.

Teachers can help prevent suicides
TNN,Mar 11, 2011

“Teachers believed that taking a child to a counselor is one of the most effective means to control suicides, but a miniscule percentage of teachers surveyed had counseled students themselves. Nearly half the teachers surveyed felt that quiet, lonely and aloof children showed signs of suicide, while only 4% felt that anger, too, could be a warning sign.”… Read the article here.

It’s important to recognize anger
Anahita Mukherji,TNN,Mar 11, 2011

“…Nearly half the teachers surveyed felt that lonely, isolated, aloof or quiet children showed suicidal tendencies, while only 4% saw anger as a suicidal sign. “It’s important for teachers to recognize anger and aggression as warning signals,” said Shetty.”… Read the article here.