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Dementia is a progressive and chronic syndrome that describes a group of symptoms affecting thinking, social and mental abilities of a patient. These symptoms affect so severely, that there is a disturbance in the patient’s daily activities, personal and social life.
Dementia is caused mainly due to the damage of the neurons in the brain. Many factors may cause dementia, and include:
The brain functions that are impacted include memory, visual perception, reasoning, concentration, language, and communication.
The symptoms of dementia may include:
The non-modifiable factors of dementia include age, genetic aspects, and mild cognitive impairment.
The modifying risk factors for dementia include alcoholism, smoking, depression, sleep problems, and diabetes.
The diagnostic modalities may include:
The progression of dementia be delayed, if the disease is diagnosed at an early stage. Some of the medications that help to manage and control symptoms, and slow the progression of dementia are:
Occupational behavioral therapy is useful in minimizing the symptoms of dementia. Aromatherapy and massage therapy may help patients obtain relief from debilitating symptoms such as agitation.
Dementia cannot be prevented, but the following measures may improve the quality of life. The modalities are:
Geeta Dutta, a patient from West Bengal got in touch with Dr Venugopal Subramaniam, Consultant Neurosurgeon at Manipal Hospitals Whitefield through the OPD clinic programme and then later was guided by him towards a craniotomy & brain tumour removal.
Manika Saha, a patient from West Bengal got in touch with Dr. Venugopal Subramaniam, Consultant Neurosurgeon at Manipal Hospitals Whitefield through the OPD clinic programme and then later was guided by him towards a brain tumour removal in Whitefield, Bengaluru which gave her vision back.
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