Day-care centre for Alzheimer`s patients soon in Delhi

Last Updated: Sunday, April 11, 2010 - 23:04

New Delhi: A day-care centre for Alzheimer`s
patients would soon open in the capital, Delhi Finance
Minister A K Walia said on Sunday.

Walia pointed out that the city neither has old age homes
nor day-care centres for Alzheimer`s patients and said he
would try to give shape to the project at the earliest.

"I would like to assure you that we will soon have a
day-care centre for Alzheimer`s patients in central Delhi,"
he said at a function here.

The function was organised by an organisation `Hope Ek
A.S.H.A.`, a voluntary research organisation dedicated to care
of Alzheimer`s patients.

"The cases of dementia will increase with greater life
expectancy. And to tackle the problem the city needs an
Alzheimer`s day-care centre," Walia said.

Dementia (memory loss) or Alzheimer`s is a progressive
illness of the brain that affects mainly the elderly. The
brain cells are damaged and die faster than they normally do
and gradually the person begins to lose ability to function
normally.

At present, the country has over 6 million cases of
Dementia.

PTI



First Published: Sunday, April 11, 2010 - 23:04

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