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Wednesday, September 2, 2009

ARDSI for observance of World Alzheimer Day

ARDSI for observance of World Alzheimer Day

: Special Correspondent
SILCHAR, Sep 1: Alzheimer and Related Disorder Society of India (ARDSI), Silchar Chapter, has called for observance of ‘World Alzheimer Day’ on September 21. Organizing secretary of the Society Harekrishna Chakraborty, explaining the phenomenon of Alzheimer, said many elderly persons above 60 years get afflicted with the disease which he describes as most deadly and dreadful.

In this case, as he pointed out, memory transmission system of the brain cells gets blocked due to the illness caused by the disease.

Continuing his speech, Chakraborty outlined, once afflicted by the disease, more and more parts of the brain become inoperative. It is a symptom which makes the patient lose his memory gradually. In extreme cases, the patient fails to recognize even his family members. It is a condition which causes complete erosion of sensory feelings and emotions.

The scientists around the world are yet to discover the reason behind the disease. Though a German scientist identified the disease 90 years ago, no scientific medical treatment has yet been evolved. It remains enigmatic and mysterious. According to a survey by the Society, many persons are the victims of this disease in Northeast, most of them remain undetected and unrecognized. This has stood in the way of proper treatment and its planning for the medical care and attention.

The World Society, according to Chakraborty, has taken it as a challenge to find out the cause behind the disease and to involve experts and scientists for a solution. With this objective, organizations under the banner of the Society have been formed in different countries. The Indian Society and its chapters are also active in the field. Alzheimer Disease International has taken the leading part to arouse consciousness of people in order to unveil the mystery.

It is a matter of regret that the first World Alzheimer Day organized by the World Health Organization and Alzheimer’s Disease was observed in 1994 and in 1995. This day was also observed across the country in joint coordination of ARDSI and the Helpage India. After that their has been no initiative to observe the day. As there is neither any vaccine nor any preventive method and considering the unpredictable nature of the disease, ARDSI Silchar chapter has called for observing the day on September 21 from now hence. THE SENTINEL

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