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Unfortunately, mental ailments like dementia and Alzheimer's are on sharp rise all across the world. One of the biggest hurdles in battling such ailments is the lack of awareness and education about the disease. On the other hand, people usually tend to overlook the subtle symptoms that the onset of such diseases often project. Also, forgetfulness is often trivialized with many people not even considering it a cause of concern.
According to the World Alzheimer Report 2015, "Over 46 million people are living with dementia, and by 2050 the numbers are estimated to rise to 131.5 million. Every 3 seconds, someone in the world develops dementia with no cure on the horizon and a global ageing population that is constantly rising." Alzheimer's is another type of mental illness threatening a large number of adult populations across the globe.
With an aim to gauge at the level of awareness of Alzheimer's and Dementia, experts at Fortis Flt. Lt. Rajan Dhall Hospital, Vasant Kunj (FHVK) conducted a study. Surprisingly, it was found that the youth in India does not consider forgetfulness as a disease or an ailment. Dr Madhuri Behari, Consultant, Neurology at Fortis Flt. Lt. Rajan Dhall Hospital, Vasant Kunj carried out a survey wherein sample answers were collected between December 2016 and January 2017. Nearly 200 people were interviewed ageing 15-40yrs. The findings were surprisingly shocking.
97% didn't know the cause of dementia
91% youth don't consider forgetfulness as a disease and didn't know that it can be reversed.
90 % didn't know that repeated stroke can cause memory impairment
85% didn't know about Alzheimer as a disease
82% said diabetes doesn't predispose to dementia
72% said alcoholism cannot predispose to dementia
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