Dementia and Elderly Care in Madurai

Elderly care in India has come a long way during the past decade, with a number of specialised care centres and senior living facilities opening in different parts of the country. Care for dementia patients, however, is still scarce and mostly scattered around a few key cities.

Today, dementia among senior citizens has become a major yet silent health crisis that is increasing at an alarming rate. According to the US-based Alzheimer’s Association, there are over 4 million (forty thousand) people in India who suffer from some form of dementia.

While Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is the most common form of Dementia, there are several other forms such as Lewy Body Dementia, Fronto-Temporal Dementia and Parkinson’s disease.

The widespread stigma and misinformation about Dementia prevents affected families from seeking timely medical support.

The delay in diagnosis and treatment, and thereby the absence of specialised care for dementia patients, affects their psychophysical health; incapacitating them from performing basic mental and physical tasks.

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