The most common cause of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease is a complicated progressive neurologic disorder that affects the way a person thinks, behaves, and functions independently.
“According to research, approximately 50 million people in the world suffer from dementia, and out of these 60%-70% are estimated to suffer from Alzheimer’s disease. The estimated dementia prevalence for adults ages 60+ in India is 7.4%, with significant age and education gradients, sex and urban/rural differences, and cross-state variation.” Said Dr Ravindra Srivastava, Director Neurosurgery, Primus Super Speciality Hospital.
Though being a respiratory tract disorder, Covid has affected other body organs like the heart, kidneys, and brain to a larger extent. Another study suggests that patients who became victims of the COVID-19 virus were at a vulnerable risk of attracting neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease and dementia when compared to individuals who tested negative.
During the pandemic and even in the post-pandemic era, weak immunity has made it difficult to deal with such conditions. The theme chosen for World Alzheimer’s Month 2023 is ‘It’s Never Too Early, and It’s Never Too Late.’
This campaign seeks to emphasize the crucial importance of recognizing risk factors and implementing proactive measures to reduce these risks, ultimately aiming to delay or potentially prevent the onset of dementia.