Dementia/ Alzheimer’s Resources in Assamese

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Assamese material from ARDSI Guwahati

The Executive Summary of the Dementia India Report 2010 is available in Assamese courtesy the Guwahati Chapter of ARDSI (Alzheimer’s and Related Disorders of India). This Assamese translation includes explanations, figures and tables that give basic information on what dementia is, the various types of dementia, the symptoms, risk factors, etc. The document also includes information on what care involves, challenges faced by caregivers, and the status of support in India.

Here are some selected excerpts from the Assamese version, Dementia India Report 2010 (executive summary translation by ARDSI Guwahati Chapter).

A brief description of dementia.
small paragraph on dementia in Assamese
Diseases causing irreversible dementia, and their typical early symptoms
table in Assamese giving dementia causing diseases and their typical symptoms
Modifiable and non-modifiable risk factors for dementia
Modifiable and non modifiable risks in Assamese giving dementia causing diseases and their typical symptoms
The impact of dementia at various levels
The impact of dementia at three inter-related levels in Assamese

You can get the full report by contacting the ARDSI Guwahati Chapter.

The ARDSI Guwahati Chapter also provides information and support in Assamese, and may have other publications in Assamese. They have a helpline. Their contact information and other data can be seen at Resources for dementia care: Guwahati (Assam).

Short film on Alzheimer’s from Jahnu Barua on Youtube

Jahnu Barua’s short film in Assamese, That Gusty Morning, shows the story of a family where the wife/ mother has Alzheimer’s. This 21 minute film is available on Youtube. This shows a mother who has Alzheimer’s and shows some forgetting of names and other details and is confused. The family is handling care through various adjustments. The story is about a small event – the daughter is tense because her boyfriend is coming home to discuss their marriage with her parents, and she doesn’t know how he will react to the mother’s behaviour. She has been scared about telling her boyfriend about her mother because of a bad experience with someone earlier. Fortunately the boyfriend seems to be very comfortable with the mother and knows just how to talk to her in an affectionate, gentle way. This simple film doesn’t convey much about dementia, care, progression, etc., but is touching and is being included mainly as there is so little material in Assamese. View the short film at That Gusty Morning Opens in new window.

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