The common types of Dementia.

In the previous posts we discussed the common features among the various "dementing illnesses". In this post we delve into a little more detail about 4 different kinds of dementia. Though there may be a significant overlap in terms of how they present, treatment varies. Alzheimers dementia is the commonest diagnosed cause of dementia, followed…

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Classifying Dementia

You may understand this post better if you start at "What is dementia". Before we jump into the types of dementia, please remember that dementia is defined as " a chronic or persistent disorder of the mental processes caused by brain disease or injury and marked by memory disorders, personality changes, and impaired reasoning.". There…

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The Stages of dementia

Dementia is rarely abrupt in onset and the first signs of illness often predate medical attention by several months, sometimes years. Here are the "seven stages of decline" of mental faculty in dementia. The earlier it is identified, better the outcome. How is dementia staged ? Dementia is staged on the basis of 1.Cognitive decline…

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identifying dementia

Identifying dementia.

A new person is diagnosed with dementia every 3 seconds. 50 million people with dementia worldwide in 2017. Will almost double every 20 years, 131 million in 2050. The fastest growth in the elderly population is taking place in China and India. Even in the "developed" world only 20-50% of dementia cases are recognized and…

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What is dementia

What is Dementia ?

Ravi is currently 72 years old. He lives with his wife in an apartment in north Chennai. Ravi's wife Karpagam began noticing that he seemed to appear forgetful. He would forget where he kept his spectacles and would scream his lungs out every morning, "Karpagaaaaaaaaaaa, kannadi enga ??". Gradually he also seemed to lose track…

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In a relationship ? You need to take this test

Romantic relationships make the world go around. Relationships are meant to provide a source of security/happiness and fulfillment. As you would have noticed, not everyone holds an innate ability to have healthy, loving relationships.  Relationships are often marred by problems that may stem from aggression, a need for control,possessiveness, selfishness, manipulation, volatility, under/over involvement and…

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