This special episode is dedicated to World Alzheimer’s Day. Alzheimer’s was earlier understood to affect people in the old age, but recently, a few cases of people in their 30s being affected by it have emerged. Symptoms include remembering past events but not everyday details like familiar people’s names, whether certain meals have been consumed, addresses, etc. They may also get angered easily and pick up fights over small things.
Some doctors blame the current lifestyle for the rise in early Alzheimer’s. The challenge is in recognising the symptoms. We tend to ignore forgetfulness in persons who otherwise seem physically healthy. We assume that it is a matter of concentration and nothing serious. Some people may experience a higher sex drive as a result but then struggle to express it healthily. There is a strong need to show compassion in such situations.
Though there is medication available to control the condition, the persons living with the condition can be helped in remembering important things through games. Family members should show them immense patience and not lose their temper around them. They should reintroduce people when needed and not stop them from mingling with other people at events and other functions. And if they are going out alone, they should have contact details and clear route map to get back home with them. Some people have even found tattooing phone numbers on to the Alzheimer’s sufferers’ bodies very helpful.
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