It is unfortunate to note that the senior citizens are not battling with property disputes and physical torture but a lot of senior citizens in Bengaluru are struggling with memory loss.
There is nothing to get astonished or shocked that the Elder’s Helpline (1090) is seeing a number of cases of missing senior citizens.
Sadly, the missing is attributed to the increasing problem of Dementia and Alzheimer’s among the elders.
Counsellors at the Elders’ Helpline, a toll free number which is run by the Nightingale Medical Trust in collaboration with the Bangalore City Police, have been noticing a shift in the trend of complaints that they have been receiving since its inception in 2002.
‘Earlier we would get a lot of calls from Senior citizens complaining about the management of old age homes.Today these homes are complaining about elders going missing,’ said Mr.Prem Kumar Raja, secretary, Nightingale Medical Trust.
Sadly majority of the cases of unidentified bodies are of senior citizens.
Counsellors at the Elders’ Helpline said with both spouses working, none had time to notice that their parents are showing symptoms of Dementia or Alzheimers.
‘These are diseases which affect a person’s memory, so they tend to forget their name and address.’