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Care more important than cure for dementia

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, April 7 � The Alzheimer�s and Related Disorders Society of India (ARDSI), Guwahati Chapter arranged an interactive session with Dr Peter J Whitehouse at the Dispur Hospital auditorium on April 5.

Dr Nilakshi Mahanta introduced Dr Whitehouse who is currently a professor at the Case Western Reserve University, Ohio to the participants.

Prasanta Goswami, vice-president of the ARDSI, Guwahati Chapter gave a brief account of the activities of the Chapter.

Welcoming the eminent neuro-scientist, Dr Ajaya Mahanta, president of the Guwahati Chapter of ARDSI, emphasised the importance of joint family system, love and affection in the management of dementia patients. �Medicine has an expiry date while relation does not. In fact, our relationship grows better with passage of time,� Dr Mahanta added.

Prof Whitehouse in his speech stressed the importance of intergenerational care that is paramount in alleviating the sufferings of dementia patients. According to him, care must be viewed as more important than cure. He narrated how even by telling suitable stories one could improve the conditions of a dementia patient. Prof Whitehouse expressed happiness at the various programmes undertaken by the ARDSI, Guwahati Chapter for the cause of dementia patients and their families.

The session ended with the vote-of-thanks offered by Dr Lakshya Jyoti Basumatary, secretary of the ARDSI, Guwahati Chapter.

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