Are you familiar with the term Dementia? Do you know what it’s about? Do you know how you can be of help to your loved ones with Dementia?
According to Wikipedia:
(taken from Latin, originally meaning “madness”, from de- “without” + ment, the root of mens “mind”) is a serious loss of global cognitiveability in a previously unimpaired person, beyond what might be expected from normal ageing. It may be static, the result of a unique global brain injury, or progressive, resulting in long-term decline due to damage or disease in the body. Although dementia is far more common in the geriatricpopulation, it can occur before the age of 65, in which case it is termed “early onset dementia”.
Dementia is not a single disease, but a non-specific syndrome (i.e., set of signs and symptoms). Affected cognitive areas can be memory, attention,language, and problem solving. Normally, symptoms must be present for at least six months to support a diagnosis. Cognitive dysfunction of shorter duration is called delirium.
I would like to believe that in our country, Philippines we call it “Makakalimutin”. We don’t really take it seriously until it becomes really disconcerting, when our family member does things that are unusually acceptable anymore. I am not a medical person but I can see the need for us to take action. We need to know updates and the latest trend here in the Philippines.
According to Dr Jacqueline C. Dominguez, MD of St. Lukes Medical Center, is important to recognize and start treatment of Alzheimer’s Disease at its earliest stage. Unfortunately the earliest signs of disease blur with changes that may be observed in normal aging. This is the biggest hurdle to early diagnosis. Data shows that for every diagnosed case of AD, another one is lying unattended out there in the community. It is the biggest challenge now of dementia science and practice to define this thin line between cognitive changes related to normal aging and that related to the earliest stage of AD. Diagnosis of AD remains to be a clinical one till now, therefore clinical judgment of the physician is critical and this is based on standard cognitive tests and rating scales that have already been proven to be valid, reliable, and accepted and used worldwide. Some have already been translated and adapted to the major languages in the Philippines.
There are a number of organizations that help in the dissemination of information. However there’s still need for easy access to these information. Luckily, GIMS International will come to the Philippines to hold Manila Regional Symposium on Asian Framework to Dementia Care in Manila (July 27, 2013) at the Summit Hall C and D of the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) from 1:30 – 5:00 PM
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