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The Human Resource Coordinator
#29 Harris Street
Audrey Karim and her mother
used to quarrel a lot. They were
two strong personalities who
believed their way was the right
way. Their disagreements were reg-
ular events, to the point it got
Until during one of their tiffs,
Audrey told her mother, "Enough!"
and let her have it. Although she felt
this time she had the final word,
there was no satisfaction in it.
It was only after that last incident
she realised something was wrong.
Her mother regressed from
aggressive, to belligerent, to docile.
She was diagnosed with
Alzheimer s disease, a progressive,
degenerative disease that attacks the
In its progressive state, Audrey
says her mother now has very little
language skills. "She would laugh.
At most she would say is yes or no.
How you ask the question, is how
she responds," she said of her moth-
er, who was once a self-assertive
woman who ran her own business.
Audrey s experience accounts for
seven per cent of the T&T popula-
tion that may be diagnosed with
dementia. Alzheimer s is just one
type of disease associated with
dementia, a non-specific syndrome
which affects cognitive areas such
as memory, attention, language and
According to the Medical News
Today Web site, other diseases asso-
ciated with dementia are vascular
dementia (caused by problems in
supply of blood to the brain ie a
stroke), frontotemporal dementia
(progressive deterioration of the
frontal lobe of the brain), semantic
dementia (language) and dementia
with Lewy bodies (spherical struc-
tures in the brain that damage brain
tissue). Audrey s testimony as care-
giver for her mother was part of the
discussion on dementia: Awareness
of Disease and Impact as part of the
University of the West Indies
Research Expo last week.
The Faculty of Medical Sciences
hosted the swift hour-long presen-
tation at UWI s Engineering Build-
"Seventy per cent of dementia is
Alzheimer s," said Dr Gershwin Davis,
a senior lecturer in chemical pathol-
ogy of UWI s Medical Science fac-
ulty, as he explained the disease.
Globally, Alzheimer s affects 16
per cent women and 11 per cent of
men who are over the age of 65.
Statistics also reveal that this
degenerative disease affects one in
ten people in that age group.
He said the challenge is measuring
dementia since it moves from no
impairment to very mild, to mild
cognitive to moderate stages of debil-
itation. Diagnostic criteria involve
memory, language, motor activities,
failure to recognise and executive
Thus the question raised by
Human Anatomy Prof Amanda
McRae in her presentation, "Are we
prepared for the impact of the
Dementia Tsunami in T&T?"
In a prevalence dementia study
conducted at geriatric homes and
senior activity centres in north
Trinidad and the social welfare office
in Tunapuna, Prof McRae said age
was the strongest predictor among
the 2,000 who were randomly
selected for the survey.
Prof McRae also suggested that
risk prevention is possible. She listed
aerobic exercise, an active social life,
intellectual activities and a healthy
diet as ways to delay or prevent an
element of the disease.
That human interaction as some-
one gets older should be maintained,
said Dr Nelleen Baboolal, a senior
lecture in psychiatry. It helps delay
the course of dementia. She also
noted that 15 per cent of dementia
is reversible, once there is early diag-
However, she noted that 50 per
cent of patients who suffer from
mental destabilisation are not prop-
Although there is no cure for
Alzheimer s or dementia, Dr Baboolal
said there are several treatments that
can prolong memory, providing three
to five extra years of working mem-
Some of the risk factors for
dementia are age, family history,
genetics, high cholesterol, high blood
pressure or head trauma.
Coping with dementia In a prevalence dementia
study conducted at geriatric
homes and senior activity
centres in north Trinidad and
the social welfare office in
Tunapuna, Prof McRae said
age was the strongest
predictor among the 2,000
who were randomly selected
for the survey.
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