Mapping memory-related diseases in rural population

A study is aiming to map the rural population for memory-related diseases, which is said to be the first such exercise in the country. The Srinivaspura Aging Neuro Senescence and Cognition (SANSCOG) project is a joint collaborative initiative between the Centre for Brain Research, National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS), Indian Institute of Science and Sri Devaraj Urs Medical College, Kolar. Started in January this year, the team has ‘recruited’ around 800 people who are aged 45 years and above from a primary health centre in Dalasanur, in Srinivaspur taluk in Kolar district. “We have been meeting people at the primary health centre and creating awareness about problems among the elderly through talks and street plays. We also invite them to participate in the study. Residents of Dalasanur, who are willing to be part of the study, volunteer. After examination, we get to know if they are healthy or need intervention,” said Naren Rao, Additional Professor of Psychiatry, NIMHANS. Speaking on the sidelines of the two-day Alzheimer’s Association’s International Conference Satellite Symposium on Tuesday, he said volunteers undergo comprehensive evaluation, including clinical examinations, neuro-psychological tests, biochemical tests, memory and ability tests, and for those who are willing to travel to NIMHANS, Bengaluru, MRI scans — all free of cost.

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