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Published by: Alzheimers Wing Imphal on Oct 31, 2012
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S DAY , 21 St,September,2012 theme DEMENTIA: LIVINGTOGETHER at Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Science, ImphalJonitly Organised by :Alzheimer 
s and Related Disorder 
s Society of India,Manipur Chapter & National Alliance for Elder 
s People Livelihood Research Advocacyand Chronic Diseases of India
Kmr. Ak. Mirabai Devi
Hon'ble Minister, Social Welfare & Co-operationManipur
Smt. Okram Landhoni Devi
Hon'ble M.L.A, Khangabaok A/C
Smt. R.K. Nayansana Devi
Chief Editor & Chairperson, Manipur State Social Welfare Board Govt. of Manipur.
Dr. M. Shyamo Singh
OSD & Prof.and HOD, Anatomy, jnims, Imphal
Dr. K. Shantibala DeviVice- Chairperson & Scientific Chief PatronEditoral Member, National Alliance for Elder'sPeople Livelihood ResearAdvocacy & ChronicDisease of India
The World Alzheimers Day 21
September 2012 was observed in thetheme of Dementia: Living Together with the main focus of this year onSTIGMA AND ALZHEIMERS DISEASE, at Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Science (JNIMS),Imphal, Manipur. World Alzheimers Day wasconducted and coordination by National Alliance for Elders PeopleLivelihood Research Advocacy and Chronic Diseases of India & Alzheimersand Related Disorders Society of India, Manipur Chapter, ImphalThe Programme started with the welcome address to allparticipants by Shri H. Sanamatum Singh, General Secretary, NationalAlliance for Elders People Livelihood Research Advocacy andChronic Diseases of India & Alzheimers and Related DisordersSociety of India, Manipur Chapter, Imphal.Kmr A.K. Mirabai Devi, Honble Minister, Social Welfare andCo-operation Manipur, Smt. Okram Landhoni Devi, Honble, MLAKhangabok Assembly Constituency, Smt. R.K. Nayansana Devi,Honble Chairperson & Chief Editor, Manipur State Social WelfareBoard, Govt. of Manipur Prof.S.Shyamo Singh,OSD&Head,AnatomyDepartment, Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Science,Imphal & ,Dr. .K. Shantibala Devi, Asst. Prof, Psychiatry Department JNIMS &Vice-Chairperson & Scientific Chief Patron Editorial Team, NationalAlliance for Elders People Livelihood Research Advocacy andChronic Diseases of India, graced the observation programme of World Alzheimers Day 21
September 2012 as Chief Guest,President and Guests of Honour respectively. All the dignitaries spokeabout the disease, the importance of understanding and need to helpAlzheimers Patient and their care-givers.
 The Programme was attended by Doctors and Nurses, staff of institute, Senior Citizens , Social workers, World Vision, CFAR, PFI,SAATHII, EHA, State Programme Manager, Representatives of NGOs,Anganwadi Workers, ASHA Workers and Government Officialsbesides the Media Groups .The guest of honour Dr. K. Shantibala Devi, Asst. Prof. Department of Psychiatry, JNIMS & Vice- Chairperson & Scientific Chief PatronEditorial Team, National Alliance for Elders People Livelihood ResearchAdvocacy and Chronic Disease of India, Spoke at length about AlzheimersDisease and the Importance of Observing World Alzheimers Day. A shortexcerpt is given below:Alzheimers disease is the most common of all dementing diseases (50%-60%) and affects people who are above 65 years with 15% having mildsymptoms and 5% severe type. After 80 years the affected percentage is 20 to40. In Alzheimers disease there is an increased degeneration of brain cells orneurons leading to impairment in overall functions of the brain. Alzheimersdisease affects both men and women but a woman suffers more. Genetic factoris important for Alzheimers disease have family history of parents closerelatives having had the disease. The disease starts gradually with the initialcomplaints of fatigue, low energy and forgetfulness which are of immediate andrecent memory. Untreated, the disease progress fast with symptoms of disorientation, personality changes, depression and anxiety (40% -50%),hallucination and delusion (20% - 30%),language problem, inability to carry outmotor activities and failure to identify objects . At the terminal stage the patientbecomes vegetative, with incontinence, and seizure in about 10%. Survivalexpectation of Alzheimers disease is an average 8 years (1-20 years).The need of the hour is awareness that elderly people are at risk of developing Alzheimers disease and there are 38 million people suffering fromDementia globally and projected to be double by 2030 and more than triple by2050(115 million). Early detection by family members and medical consultationwill help in improving the health status. Though there is no complete cure forAlzheimers disease, there are several medicines that may delay or arrest rapid

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