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(13/08/2011) The Community - In Venezuela, from 7.5% to 8% of older adults suffer from cognitive impairments

The Community - In Venezuela, from 7.5% to 8% of older adults suffer from cognitive impairments

Caracas, 11 Jul. RBV .- Between 7.5% to 8% of people over age 65, equivalent to 140 thousand Venezuelans suffer from cognitive impairments whose greatest prevalence of Alzheimer's disease.

The information is drawn from a study of dementia in Developing Countries held in Venezuela as part of a global project of the International 10/66 Dementia Research, which specifies that the condition you are in the same way both patients and their families.

The survey results reaffirm the increased incidence of Alzheimer's disease that cause cognitive deficits has to do with progressive and often irreversible. It is important to note that Alzheimer's does not yet have a definitive cure.

However, the specialist Juan Jose Rodriguez, said that "science has progressed and now there are drugs in the category" neuroprotective "that slow the progression of Alzheimer's."

He said there is a chain of laboratories operating in the country, that advance research in the area, which "have given promising results in clinical studies."

The neurologist and member of the Alzheimer Foundation of Venezuela, Ciro Gaona, said that in the case of dementias, including Alzheimer's, "the caregiver suffers more than the patient. So in this situation, depriving the need to care for the caregiver, the person who dedicates his life to the protection of others, and who is the real hero in this process. "

Ciro Gaona said that 80% of cases is a single family member (often women) who takes care of the situation (caring for the patient), leading to chronic stress, which could even lead to premature death, said the doctor.

The expert explained that "when one family member who assumes responsibility, the caregiver should start protecting your life, your spirit and your brain. That is, do not forget to have social ties, share and not be isolated from their environment. "

In this regard, said the Alzheimer Foundation of Venezuela develops support groups where carers meet regularly to share.

"The goal of these activities is that the person holds a bit of herself, taking a break and enjoy time with bailoterapia, yoga, tai chi, directed readings, massages, among other recreational activities," said Dr . Ciro Gaona.

In the cognitive area is diagnosed and treated sharing between the patient, physician, family and caregivers. "We must not lose sight of the therapeutic power that has the presence, words and smile, which often have as much or more power than medications," said Ciro Gaona.

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