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Doctor’s verdict – Alzheimer’s and Anesthesia

Brain Dark BlueWe recently came across an article on the effects of anesthesia on Alzheimer’s, and how the two of them don’t mix well. You can read the article here – Alzheimer’s and Anesthesia.

We asked our in-house Geriatric Physician Dr Chawla to comment on this. Dr. Satish Chawla MD, FACP, AIIMS, who is a retired Geriatric Physician from the United States Navy. He is an expert in geriatric medicine. Here is what he had to say –

Dementia support groups are a great outlet and platform for caregivers

DSG 2I am working as a Dementia Care Specialist at Samvedna Senior Care. We organize Dementia Support group meetings for caregivers on a monthly basis and invite people from various parts of Delhi-NCR to come discuss, support and share their stories. This meeting is free of charge for dementia care givers.

Incontinence in dementia

Incontinence2Controlling ones bowel and bladder movements is something most of us learn at an early age. Incontinence is the loss of this control. A person with incontinence involuntarily leaks the urine or faeces or sometimes both.

In urinary incontinence, there is a sudden urge to urinate such that the person is not able to control it till he or she reaches the wash room. Faecal incontinence is a less common problem in which people might pass faeces without even realizing.

Impact of dementia on marriage and ways to cope

DSC02635Dementia is a chronic disease. This means that current medication and therapies cannot cure it, only control it to a certain degree. For a loved one of a person with dementia, accepting and coping with this realization, isn’t easy. The spouse of the person with dementia is often the primary caregiver. The nature of the disease is such that the dynamics of the relationship change from being romantic to caregiving.