Dementia is one of the most common degenerative disorders in the world, affecting more than 4 million people in India alone. It is so common, in fact, that the odds of you knowing someone personally, who is struggling with dementia right now, are quite high.
Dementia describes a group of symptoms associated with a long-term decline of mental ability – affecting a person's capacity to remember, understand, communicate and reason. Even the most basic everyday tasks become difficult. The beginning stages are characterised by irritability, confusion and visual perception issues - signs that are often brushed off by the patient and family members as nothing. The memory loss actually appears in the end stages. Due to a lack of awareness, most people don't see the early signs, and delay diagnosis.
Caring for someone with dementia can be an exhausting experience, both physically and emotionally. Which is exactly where organisations like Echoing Healthy Ageing (EHA) come in. EHA was founded to help train caregivers and professionals working with geriatric patients who suffer from dementia. Offering counselling, EHA helps families and caregivers get a clear sense of what the future holds, both for the patient and caregivers, and what they need to prepare for.