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Dementia in India

In India there are more than 4 million people who have some form of dementia as compared to 44 million in the whole world.

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type of dementia, a term for conditions that occur when the brain no longer functions properly.

People tend not to read about illnesses which do not affect them. Only when a family member is affected they are are likely to read voraciously connected with dementia. Many of these articles are not relevant to these individuals.

The newspapers in India have a mixed baggage of literature on dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

A detailed analysis of 3 English newspapers and 3 Hindi newspapers by Swapna Kishore showed that Hindi newspapers had a far lower percentage of articles on dementia than English newspapers.

Descriptions like memory-loss, age-related, cognitive decline, cognitive impairment, neurodegenerative disease do not inform lay persons what they mean and how dementia or Alzheimer’s disease symptoms may be similar to or different from old age.

 

#oldage,#dementia,#alzheimer’s disease,#India

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Litter on the roads

Walking everyday is therapeutic as it not only gives you energy, builds your stamina and improves your health but also stimulates your brain.

New thoughts stimulate your brain and you want to jot down or dictate on your smartphone.

Suddenly, you see a used box of burger or a cola bottle or an empty bottle of spirit.

You wonder, couldn’t this person not have picked it and dropped in the nearest bin or taken home?

The answer comes as NO!

So you put them in an empty bag you are carrying to pick up these things on the road – to keep the roads on which you walk clean.

People must develop a sense of responsibility. Feel proud of their locality, city and the country. Make the environment in which they are growing sustainable.

 

#roadside  #litter  #environment

 

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New Book Release

When I wrote my anaesthetic books, there was no fear of how would I publish it as I had established publishers lined up for them. It was a niche market and my book was the first of its kind.

But, writing a fiction is a different ball game. You are competing with millions of would be writers who are pitching their book/books.

I read an article by Miranda Beverly-Whittmore which confirmed my beliefs.

a. I decided to write what I wanted and went for it.

b. I realised that I had to care for my characters and get into their mind set, which was a wonderful experience.

c. I finished writing the book and had an excellent editor, who went through the book twice.

d. It was easy – where I was publishing. Createspace for the book format and Kindle for e-version.

e. A bit of computer knowledge also helped in uploading the book.

f. I never forgot to thank my editor and the cover designer wholeheartedly.

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