Dr Amandeep Goyal gives expert advice on taking care of Alzheimer's disease

Dr. Amandeep Goyal gives his inputs on Alzheimer's disease and dementia. He explains that dementia and Alzheimer's disease are a problem not only for the patient but a challenge for their family members as well. Stay tuned for his expert tips at the end which can help the patient suffering from Alzheimer's disease

The world celebrates Alzheimer’s Day to raise awareness about dementia. Dementia is a collective term for a cluster of symptoms. There are difficulties with memory, language, and other thinking-related skills. 70% of all dementia cases are Alzheimer’s, making it the most common form of dementia. According to WHO, 47 million people, or 5% of the elderly population suffer from dementia as of 2015. By 2030 the number of affected will rise to 75 million and by 2050 it will be 132 million. GlobalData estimates 16 countries where 6% of all 60 years old and above face dementia. India features in this. At least 4 million Indians suffer some form of dementia. 

Dr. Amandeep Goyal is the Director of the Indian Neuro and Psychiatry Clinic. He specializes in treating Neuropsychiatric disorders, addiction disorders, migraines, and headaches. He has got rich clinical experience in clinical psychology and neuropsychiatry for 15 years. He has won many awards like the Young Scientist Award in 2015. 

All you need to know about dementia 

Dr. Amandeep Goyal informs, “ Dementia is a neurodegenerative disorder in the brain cells which are also called neurons. The quality, intensity and number of neurons reduce and degenerate. This is a progressive disorder which means this disorder increases with time. This progression of disorder impacts the family and person(patient) suffering from it. It affects- 

Language capabilities  Writing capabilities  Reading capabilities  Talking capabilities  Memory  Identifying capabilities  Thinking capabilities  Daily activities  Self-care activities 

The patient’s entire life and life get affected and disturbed. It is a disease that affects the family and patient both. It's a huge burden on the family of the patient suffering from this disorder.”

Dementia and Alzheimer's disease

Dr. Amandeep Goyal informs, “Alzheimer's disease is the biggest single disorder that accounts for dementia. Alzheimer's disease constitutes about 70 % of dementia cases. Dementia and Alzheimer's disease affect the elderly in 90 % of the cases. The human expectancy is about 50 - 60 % in the early 1990s. People could not live beyond 60 years of age. So, doctors and scientists were unaware of Alzheimer's disease. IT was only in 1902 where Alzheimer's disease came into existence through a scientist named “Alzheimer.” Alzheimer's disease changes the entire personality of the patient where he becomes- 

Bedridden  Unable to take care of oneself Unable to interact  No desire to live  Unable to do daily activities  Not able to enjoy life with colleagues  No interest  Memory problems  Unable to identify family members Unable to remember daily chores.”

Care for Alzheimer's disease

Dr. Amandeep Goyal informs, “The best thing for Alzheimer's disease treatment are as follows - 

Consult professional expert  Understand the disease  Consult a psychologist and psychiatrist  Understand the victim of Alzheimer's disease  Understand behavior like anger, stubbornness, inappropriate behaviors  Knowledge about Alzheimer's disease  Knowledge about handling Alzheimer's disease  Caretaking of Alzheimer's disease 

There is no cure for Alzheimer's disease but symptoms can be managed with medicines. 

Tips for family members suffering from Alzheimer's disease 

Dr. Amandeep Goyal informs, “The best ways to handle person suffering from Alzheimer's disease are - 

Try to keep the room settings stationary and do not change it Allocate a ground floor room of Alzheimer's patients Workout a plan for their memory to avoid confusion  Reduce the sleep duration during the day  The room should be airy and with a window for sunlight during daytime They should be able to identify their body clock between day and night  Keep a wall clock for the room to identify time Keep a calendar in the room to identity dates  Show them photographs of family members Q cards to understand things 

This can help many family members to deal with Alzheimer's disease

(Edited by Dr.Rati Parwani)

Contributed by Dr. Amandeep Goyal, Neuropsychologist 
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About the Author

Dr. Rati Parwani

Dr Rati Parwani is a Practising Professional BHMS Doctor having experience of 8 years in the medical field. Her approach towards each and every patient is the utmost professional with high standards of practice. She has nurtured her writing skills and proves it as an asset to her professionalism. She has experience in content writing and likes her writing ethical and scientific-based.

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