absent mindedness

Forgetfulness or poor memory is one of the most pivotal reasons that cause some serious syndromes like Alzheimer’s and Dementia – a progressive disorder that wipes out memory and other essential mental functions. But surprisingly, most people are not aware of this serious psychological issue and never think forgetfulness as a disease, reveals the latest study.

A recent survey carried out by the researchers at Fortis Flt. Lt. Rajan Dhall Hospital, Vasant Kunj (FHVK), was intended for calculating the perceptive of Indians about the psychological disorders like Alzheimer’s and Dementia, and the survey report states that majority of the Indians never consider forgetfulness as a disease. Moreover, the study also found out that this belief is higher among the youths in India. 91% of the adolescences in India never judge the lack of memory or absent-mindedness as a disease.

The survey report of World Alzheimer 2015 – The Global Impact said, currently, there are more than 46 million people globally, who are living with dementia, and by 2050 this figure will go up to 13.15 million. The report also states that, in just three years, the international economic cost of dementia will arrive at US$1 trillion. And surprisingly, among the top 10 countries detected to be highly affected by Alzheimer’s and Dementia, India is positioned at number 3 position. In India, more than 4.1 million people are living with dementia, and by 2050, 68% of all people, suffering from dementia will be found in low and middle economic groups.

Because of all such reasons, it is highly essential that Indian youths should be aware of the seriousness of forgetfulness, said Dr Madhuri Behari, Consultant, Neurology at Fortis Flt. Lt. Rajan Dhall Hospital, Vasant Kunj (FHVK). According to the lead doctor, we conducted the study to find out the perspectives of Indian youths about Alzheimer’s and Dementia and we are completely surprised to know that 91% youths in the country don’t consider the lack of memory as a disease.

Researchers, by analysing the sample answers, collected randomly from 2000 participants, ageing between 15 and 40 years, in between December 2016 and January 2017, concluded at the results which state –

91% youth don’t think poor memory as a disease

85% don’t know what Alzheimer is

82% have no idea if diabetes can be inclined to dementia

72% said they don’t know if alcoholism can predispose to dementia

90 % stated that they don’t know memory impairment can be attributable to repetitive stroke

97% don’t know about the causes of dementia

91% have no idea if dementia is reversible or not

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