September 02, 2023 08:38 pm | Updated September 04, 2023 10:47 am IST – Bengaluru

The action plan is likely to be launched on September 21, which is observed as World Alzheimer’s Day. The month of September is observed as World Alzheimer’s awareness month. 

The motion plan is probably going to be launched on September 21, which is noticed as World Alzheimer’s Day. The month of September is noticed as World Alzheimer’s consciousness month. 
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While a National Dementia Action Plan is but to be formulated, Karnataka is engaged on making dementia a well being precedence. The State Health Department, in affiliation with NIMHANS and Dementia India Alliance (DIA), is all set to launch a ‘Karnataka State Dementia Action Plan’.

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Dementia is an umbrella time period for a number of ailments affecting reminiscence, different cognitive skills and behavior that intervene considerably with an individual’s skill to preserve their actions of day by day residing. 

Spelling out the State’s plan, Health and Family Welfare MInister Dinesh Gundu Rao in a message on X (previously Twitter) mentioned that Karnataka is dedicated to making dementia a well being precedence and is taking acceptable steps in the direction of the identical. He chaired a gathering final week to talk about the motion plan.

Rajani P., State Deputy Director (Mental Health), mentioned work on formulating the motion plan is underneath progress. “We are engaged on the preliminary draft and it’ll quickly be finalised,” she mentioned.

Sources mentioned the motion plan is probably going to be launched on September 21, which is noticed as World Alzheimer’s Day. The month of September is noticed as World Alzheimer’s consciousness month.

“The concept is to contain a multi-stakeholder consortium together with authorities departments, philanthropists and CSR companions. By subsequent 12 months, we count on this to achieve momentum and hope to get some schemes included within the State funds,” sources mentioned.

Prevalence of the situation

P.T. Sivakumar, professor and Head of Geriatric Psychiatry Unit at NIMHANS, mentioned a multidisciplinary staff of specialists from NIMHANS Dementia Group is actively collaborating with DIA and the State Health Department to contribute for the preparation of the motion plan.

“Recent estimates reveal a dementia prevalence price of seven.4% amongst these aged 60 yers and above, translating to almost 9 lakh Indians at present residing with dementia. From an estimated 88 lakh in 2016, the prevalence of dementia is projected to enhance to 1.7 crore by 2036. In  Karnataka, the prevalence of this neurodegenerative mind illness is estimated to be round 5%, affecting roughly 3.5 lakh people,” he mentioned, quoting a current research.

DIA president Radha S. Murthy mentioned the repercussions of dementia lengthen past particular person well being, straining the healthcare system, incurring substantial prices, and growing mortality charges. “DIA underscores the necessity for a complete nationwide dementia plan. However, given the complexities of healthcare priorities in India, formulating such a plan could require time. Therefore, advocating for State-level insurance policies on dementia is a sensible method to deal with the quick challenges,” she mentioned.

State programmes

“Karnataka has initiated varied programmes and providers for dementia by means of the District Mental Health Program, Karnataka Brain Health Initiative and Non-Communicable Disease Control Programme. Additionally, the presence of NIMHANS, a premier psychological well being establishment, and devoted service suppliers equivalent to Nightingales Medical Trust and DIA additional strengthens the care provision,” Dr. Murthy asserted.

“This State-level plan will align with WHO’s international motion plan, positioning Karnataka as a pioneer in India to formulate a complete motion plan for dementia,” Dr. Murthy added.

Risk components

Meera Pattabiraman, chairperson of Alzheimer’s and Related Disorders Society of India (ARDSI), mentioned regardless of advances in dementia drug improvement, threat discount stays the one globally accessible technique obtainable. Nearly 40% of projected dementia circumstances could be delayed or probably even prevented by addressing the danger components, she mentioned.

The threat components embody smoking, extreme alcohol consumption, bodily inactivity, rare social contact, head accidents, and circumstances together with diabetes, listening to loss, melancholy, weight problems, and hypertension.

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