Alzheimer's disease -- A dark world of ignorance, apathy
OCTOBER 31: A senior official of the Union Health Ministry, when asked for information on Alzheimer's disease, replied, ``Sorry, we do not have information on this eczema.'' The incident indicates the extent of apathy and ignorance about the disease even in the government.
Filmmaker Bramhanand Singh attempts to remove such misconceptions about Alzheimer's disease in a 45-minute documentary titled A Burden of Love which will be screened at the Max Mueller Bhavan on November 2 as part of the ongoing Ageing In India theme. The film screening, along with other complimentary events, commemorates the International Year of the Elderly.
A Burden of Love is a study of the nature of Alzheimer's disease, which starts with memory loss and progresses to various disabilities like loss of body control and abnormal behaviour for persons above 60. Singh and co-director Priti Chandriani have zeroed in on six-Alzheimer's patients, ranging from the acutely-affected to the borderline cases.
The documentary is woven into interviews of patients, their relatives/caretakers and medical professionals who expose the severe lack of definite cure for the dreaded illness. While over three million people suffer from this disease in India, there is hardly any research undertaken to understand its initial symptoms.
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