Make cities Alzheimer-friendly, says Doctors

The onset of Alzheimer’s is slow and gradually worsens as the person ages.

With over four million people in India suffering from some or other form of dementia and around 35,000 suffering from the debilitating condition in Bengaluru alone, doctors say it is time the city was made Alzheimer-friendly to help their integration into society at large. The onset of Alzheimer’s is slow and gradually worsens as the person ages. Experts point out that most people are afraid or embarrassed to talk to those with dementia and this severely isolates them, making their lives very difficult.

“There is a lot of stigmas attached to the disease. By creating more public awareness and greater understanding of the disease among the patients and their caregivers, we can fight this stigma and make our cities Alzheimer-friendly,” says Dr. Vijay Janagama, director, New Initiatives, SuVitas Holistic Healthcare.

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