In 2010, there were 3.7 million Indians with dementia and the total societal costs was about 14,700 crore. While the numbers are
expected to double by 2030, costs would increase three times (Source: THE DEMENTIA INDIA REPORT 2010). According to The World Alzheimer Report 2015 led by
King's College London, 4.1 million people in India suffer from Alzheimer's disease.
Dementia, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's ...mental-health ailments are on the rise in India. It is then imperative to know more about
them in order to help friends and family who may be coping with them.
Dementia is not a specific condition but refers to a set of symptoms such as memory loss, incoherent thinking,
poor social behaviour, etc, present to such an extent that they affects the person's daily life.
Symptoms of Dementia
Mental or cognitive symptoms include loss of memory, confusion or disorientation, difficulty in communicating clearly, difficulty in
reasoning or problem-solving, inability to plan or organize their daily chores, poor hand-to-eye coordination, poor balance and gait, etc Psychological
symptoms include anxiety, depression, paranoia and hallucinations.