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Alzheimer’s patients who become lost to be identified by fingerprint system

On the occasion of World Alzheimer’s Day, a new project launched by the İstanbul Police Department has been introduced which will help identify Alzheimer patients if they wander off and get lost.

A press conference was held by the Turkey Alzheimer Association to provide updated information for Alzheimer’s patients in Turkey on the occasion of World Alzheimer’s Day, which is marked on Sept.

During the conference, a new system was introduced by the president of the association, Professor Murat Emre. The system, called the Finger Print Tracking System, aims to quickly identify Alzheimer patients if they become lost by their fingerprints, which people can voluntarily record at police stations. Emre stated that patients who have severe memory loss can easily become disorientated and since they can forget their names and other personal details, it can take time for the police to get in contact with relatives of the patients and the project will put an end to this situation.  

Doing sports every day, having good relations with people, keeping the brain active, consuming cereals, fish, vegetables, fruit and olive oil and avoiding fats are all things a person can do to avoid Alzheimer’s. “Most people take being forgetful as normal but being forgetful can be an indicator of Alzheimer’s. One should go to doctor in the event of forgetting crucial things in her/his life since early diagnosis is very important in the treatment of Alzheimer’s,” said Emre.

Emre further stated that there are currently 38 million patients worldwide suffering from Alzheimer’s and the number of the people who are diagnosed with the illness in Turkey is around 400,000, according to a report released by the World Health Organization (WHO) in 2012. When the growing elderly population is taken into consideration, the number of the people who suffer from dementia will be 155 million in 40 years.

After cardiac and cancer diseases, Alzheimer’s is the most costly disease in the country. The Family and Social Policies Ministry will launch a project to open free nursing homes for the Alzheimer’s patients in the near future.

A report released by Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI) in 2012 reveals that nearly one in four people with dementia, corresponding to 24 percent, plus 11 percent of their caregivers, hide or conceal the diagnosis of the diseases, citing stigma as the main reason for doing so.

Furthermore, the report stated that 40 percent of people with Alzheimer’s report not being included in everyday life and that nearly two out of three people with dementia or Alzheimer’s and their caregivers believe there is a lack of understanding of Alzheimer’s in their countries. Twenty-four percent of the patients’ caregivers say they feel there are negative associations in their country about caregivers of people with dementia, while 28 percent of them feel they have been treated differently or avoided.

Remzi ASLAN 
Emailremzi@thelondonpost.co.uk

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