24-SEP-2019: World Alzheimer's Day: Prof Shiv Kumar Sharma delivers extension lecture
Aligarh, September 24: Professor Shiv Kumar Sharma, National Brian Research Centre, Manesar, Haryana urged patients suffering from Alzheimer's disease to engage in regular exercise and to eat healthy foods to improve their condition.
Prof Sharma said this during a University Extension lecture on 'Alzheimer's Diseases: Molecular and Synaptic Mechanism' organised by the Interdisciplinary Brain Research Centre (IBRC), Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College (JNMC), Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) to mark World Alzheimer's Day.
"Although there is no definite cure yet for Alzheimer's disease, but scientific evidence indicates that the risk of the disease can be reduced by regular exercise, eating healthy foods, fruits and vegetables, as well as staying socially active and regularly getting a good night sleep," he said.
Prof Sharma emphasised that the need to celebrate World Alzheimer's Day is to make people aware of this disease existing in the world as many people consider Alzheimer as a mental problem, but it is not.
"Shrinking of the brain and not having a healthy mind is what causes dementia," said Prof Sharma.
He pointed out that there is a need of robust public awareness campaigns on how to address the universal upsurge of the devastating disease.
"According to the US-based Alzheimer's Association, there are over four million people in India who suffer from some form of dementia and India also has approximately 10 percent of world's dementia affected people," said Prof Sharma.
He pointed out that a recent report by Alzheimer's Disease International (ADI), which maps the attitudes of people towards the disease stated that globally two in three people think that dementia is caused by normal ageing and 95 percent of the general public think that they can develop dementia at some point in their lives.
The report is an eye opener on how attitudes towards dementia pose a roadblock for people in terms of wanting more information about it, stressed Prof Sharma.
"According to the report, 23.4 percent of Indians with dementia make an effort to keep their dementia a secret when meeting with people. And 7.4 percent of healthcare practitioners with dementia do the same. Also, 24.3 percent of the general public perceive people with dementia as 'dangerous' and 14.6 percent healthcare practitioners perceive the same. Of the surveyed Indians, 85.8 percent said they would take a genetic profiling test to find out if they were at the risk of developing dementia," highlighted Prof Sharma quoting the ADI report.
Giving presidential remarks, Prof S C Sharma, Dean, Faculty of Medicine, said that the research community is more optimistic than ever about progress in the Alzheimer's and dementia field.
In the welcome address, Prof Asif Ali, Coordinator IBRC said that the World Alzheimer's Day encourages people to learn to spot the symptoms of the disease and to not forget their loved ones who are living with it.
Dr Mehdi Hayat Shahi, Convener, IBRC proposed the vote of thanks.
On the occasion, MBBS students also participated in quiz and poster-making competitions.
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