Dementia is one of the most common psychological illnesses among older adults. It is one of the non-curable diseases and is often painful for the family members. Alzheimer’s is the most common disorder in dementia. Dementia is a general term for a decline in mental ability severe enough to interfere with daily life. 

Dementia is the product of long-term memory loss and it is associated with a wide range of symptoms. Over 70 to 80 percent of dementia cases are constituted as Alzheimer’s. The rest comes under vascular disease, which usually occurs after a stroke.

Some of the symptoms of dementia are memory loss, loss of communication, lack of language ability, lack of perception and visual ability. Dementia patient has difficulty in doing their daily chores like cleaning, finding their wallet etc. In order to understand dementia in a better dimension, we need to understand the causes of dementia. Dementia is caused by damage to the brain cells. These cells have a direct impact on feeling and memories of the individual. Dementia can be treated when addressed with another medical condition such as depression, thyroid problems.

The statistics at Daily News Analysis states that in India 4.1 million people are diagnosed with dementia and it is likely to increase drastically in Asia by the year 2050. This is a huge number and yet no proper research is made to treat the terminal disease.

To give you a better example of what dementia looks like, let’s take “OK KANMANI” into consideration. The old woman in the movie who suffers from memory loss is a classic example of Dementia. In the movie, she has difficulty in doing her chores and often goes missing from the vicinity. It certainly was hard for the husband as he lives a roller coaster life, where one day everything seems normal and the other day the wife does not recognise him. Dementia is certainly painful for both the patient and the family.

Dementia is not gendered specific. It is very common among the older generation. Both men and women suffer from Alzheimer’s. Another beautiful movie that captures this topic is a Kannada movie called “GODHI BANNA SADHARANA MYKATTU” this movie talks about the current generation. It revolves around the concept of fragile relationships with parents. The children these days have money but no time to look after parents hence the concept of elderly care. This movie talks about the father in dementia who is put into a foster care and goes missing suddenly. The son recalls his childhood and teen years with his father and feels terribly guilty about his treatment with his dad.

Dementia among older generation is rather common and every young adult must remember how to nurture your parents/grandparents who are suffering from dementia. In this corporate, we may get a lot of money and power. However, there can be no replacement for family. Thus, it is important for us to understand our parents and take care of them till the very end. I am certain that if the roles were reversed they would do the same to us.


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