In order to conduct creative as well as service oriented activities in the field of Alzheimer Related Dementia without any prejudice based on religion, caste, language, or regionalism to render real support in the multi dimensional development in Nepal, Alzheimer Related Dementia Society (ARDS-NEPAL), was established as a not for making profit local Ngo. It is registered with the Nepal Government Kathmandu Central District Office and obtained certificate for the same on Jestha 17, 069 (May 30, 2012). Similarly, ARDS-NEPAL got affiliated with Social Welfare council on Jestha 24, 069. It was established with an initiation of eleven Nepalese individuals (including Psychiatrist, social workers, Medical Professionals and Care taker) as a founder members and Nepalese Doctors’ Association UK in addition. Past Vice President of the Nepal graciously launched ARDS-NEPAL officially with an announcement of its establishment. On the same occasion, unveiling of Dementia First Aid manual (first publication) was also demonstrated by the vice president. ARDS Nepal also has obtained full membership of Alzeihmer’s Disease International (ADI) on 1st May, 2014 by the International Conference held in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
- Provides a forum for the members to establish academic, professional, and social links with other associations or groups with similar nature of working area.
- Provides advice and guidance on national level such as: to government, professional and other non statutory bodies on issues related to Alzheimer and mental health.
- Promotes issues related to public awareness program about Alzheimer / Dementia and help in building capacity in related field.
- Encourages research in Alzheimer / Dementia, conduct trainings, and periodic CME’s (Continue Medical Education) get-together for the mental health professionals, family members and care takers.
Introduction of Dimentia
Dementia usually first appears as forgetfulness. As per fact sheet published by WHO, about 40 million people in the world, are suffering from Alzheimer disease, which is expected to be double the number after 20 years. It is assumed that about 7.7 million of people in the world are recognized as new clients suffer from this disease. Though WHO has listed Alzheimer disease as one of the major public health problem, almost 95 % of the total population is still unaware about this disease in Nepal. The government of Nepal, has not opened a page yet, which would describe any activities done in regard to awareness nor any welfare program for the betterment of the sufferer. Even existing mental health facilities in the country have no options for this matter. The sign and symptoms of Alzheimer, when it appears, is taken simply as sign of old age. People do not take it as disease.
Some technical information on Dementia
Dementia is a loss of brain function that occurs with certain diseases. Alzheimer's disease (AD), is one form of dementia that gradually gets worse over time. It affects memory, thinking and behavior.
We are more likely to get Alzheimer's disease (AD) if we:
- Are older. However, developing AD is not a part of normal aging.
- Have a close blood relative, such as a brother, sister, or parent with AD.
- Have certain genes linked to AD, such as APOE epsilon4 allele
The following may also increase our risk, although this is not well proven:
- Being female
- Having high blood pressure for a long time
- History of head trauma
Dementia symptoms include difficulty with many areas of mental function, including:
- Emotional behavior or personality
- Thinking and judgment (cognitive skills)