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Rise in dementia cases in State

By The Assam Tribune

GUWAHATI, Sept 23 - The Alzheimer�s and Related Disorders Society of India (ARDSI), Guwahati chapter, observed the World Alzheimer�s Day on September 21 with various programmes, said a press release issued today.

The main objective of observing the Alzheimer�s Day is to increase awareness about the most common form of dementia that causes problems with memory, thinking and behaviour. This year�s slogan for the World Alzheimer�s Day was �Remember me.�

Speaking at the function organised on the occasion in the Srimanta Sankaradeva Kalakshetra auditorium, Dr Ajaya Mahanta, well-known neurologist and president of ARDSI�s Guwahati chapter, said that about 47 million people are currently suffering from one or other form of dementia worldwide. In India, about 32.5 lakh people are suffering from dementia. In Assam also, the number of dementia patients is alarmingly increasing.

ARDSI�s Guwahati chapter has been taking various steps since its inception in the identification and management of Alzheimer�s and related disorders, Dr Mahanta said.

As part of the observance, a dementia day care centre (DDCC) was inaugurated by Additional Chief Secretary MGVK Bhanu, which is the first of its kind in the entire North East.

Dr Mahanta thanked the Kuntal Goswami Memorial Trust for making it possible on the part of ARDSI�s Guwahati chapter to start the DDCC at the KGMT Hospital here, the release added.

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Rise in dementia cases in State

GUWAHATI, Sept 23 - The Alzheimer�s and Related Disorders Society of India (ARDSI), Guwahati chapter, observed the World Alzheimer�s Day on September 21 with various programmes, said a press release issued today.

The main objective of observing the Alzheimer�s Day is to increase awareness about the most common form of dementia that causes problems with memory, thinking and behaviour. This year�s slogan for the World Alzheimer�s Day was �Remember me.�

Speaking at the function organised on the occasion in the Srimanta Sankaradeva Kalakshetra auditorium, Dr Ajaya Mahanta, well-known neurologist and president of ARDSI�s Guwahati chapter, said that about 47 million people are currently suffering from one or other form of dementia worldwide. In India, about 32.5 lakh people are suffering from dementia. In Assam also, the number of dementia patients is alarmingly increasing.

ARDSI�s Guwahati chapter has been taking various steps since its inception in the identification and management of Alzheimer�s and related disorders, Dr Mahanta said.

As part of the observance, a dementia day care centre (DDCC) was inaugurated by Additional Chief Secretary MGVK Bhanu, which is the first of its kind in the entire North East.

Dr Mahanta thanked the Kuntal Goswami Memorial Trust for making it possible on the part of ARDSI�s Guwahati chapter to start the DDCC at the KGMT Hospital here, the release added.