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10 December 2018 
 

DEMENTIA, THE NATIONAL CRISIS

 

ISSUE 2 Dec. 2012 -

“… And we cause whom we will to rest in the wombs for a specified term, then we bring you out as a child, and then you reach your maturity. And among you is he who is taken in (early) death, and among you is he who is returned to the most decrepit (old) age so that he knows nothing after once having knowledge…” (Quran 22:5)

Senility which is now more commonly referred to as dementia is an inevitable aspect of old age. For years researchers have been working to find the causes and the cures for disorders caused by old age. Knee and hip replacements enable the injured elderly to carry on walking; lens replacement gives them the opportunity to have relatively good vision; and electronic devices regulate their heartbeat.

However tackling incapacity due to mental deterioration is an undertaking of a totally different magnitude. A century ago, old people would have died of poor health long before any ..... ... read more