May 15

The statistics that demonstrate the extent of the disease known once as senility and now more commonly as Alzheimer’s disease are receiving attention the world over as the problem increases at an alarming rate. There are as many as an estimated 5,000,000 cases in India alone. All these are sufferers at various stages of experiencing early symptoms to those who no longer can enjoy a quality of life because of failing mental faculties, or when memory and dementia are causing them decreased levels of independence. They are forced into a situation where loved ones are relied upon to care for them. There are no cures offered by modern medicine.

However, in India, because of the traditional Ayurvedic system of medicine and its natural herbal remedies as well as a unique approach that allows the humane qualities to be encouraged in family and social life, there are many aged people enjoying the warmth and support of life where the aged remain in their inclusion in the family circle. This avoids the failing system in other countries or places where institutions offer cold comfort by comparison and where drugs are relied upon as a tool to sedate those suffering with Alzheimer’s and its several forms.

Recognized medical programmes to increase cognitive stimulation and maintain physical health along with brain training of various kinds are generally proving important aids in delaying the disease. In India as well as other countries, various challenges are introduced such as those offered in word games, card games, sensory exercises, memory training and help in concentration.  Relaxation is an important and successful technique that involves physical release of muscle stress as Meditation releases mental strain.

Many who have faith in the natural methods and wish to avoid invasive medication by drugs are looking to be aware of, and to put into practice methods of healing discovered. The value of aromatherapy for instance has been proven to help dementia patients and many more psychiatrists and doctors are considering incorporating the knowledge that uses natural perfumes to ‘feed’ or soothe the brain through inhalation.

We hope that the habit of casting the aged into institutions will cease as families discover simple ways that are effective in keeping their loved ones in a loving environment in which to apply the natural therapies and published successes of dedicated researchers.