Guwahati: Every year, September 21 is observed as World Alzheimer’s Day to raise awareness about Alzheimer’s and Dementia.

The Alzheimer’s & Related Disorders Society of India’s (ARDSI), Guwahati Chapter, organised a Walkathon and Cyclothon to mark the occasion in the city. The program was graced by members of ARDSI, Dr Ajaya Mahanta, Ankumoni Saikia, Dr Neelakshi Mahanta, Dr Siddhartha Das and Rajkamal Bhuyan.

More than 70 cyclists took part in the Cyclothon, and almost 30 people participated in the Walkathon. The venue for the program was the walking zone near the Veterinary playground at Khanapara. From there, the cyclists rode for a distance of 15 km through Jayanagar Chariali – Beltola Tiniali – Bishnu Rabha Path – Bhetapara Chariali – Rajdhani Masjid – Ganesh Mandir – Ganeshguri Chariali – GS Road – Dispur – Six Mile – Khanapara. The people taking part in the Walkathon walked from Khanapara to Jayanagar Chariali and back, for a distance of 3 km.

Dr Neelakshi Mahanta welcomed the participants and spoke about the importance of understanding Alzheimer’s and why we need to be aware of it.

Alzheimer’s is a brain disease that results in progressive loss of memory, thinking and reasoning skills and is the most common form of dementia in old age. It destroys the brain cells which causes memory loss, memory changes, erratic behaviour and loss of orientation.

Usually, the disease starts slowly but gets worse with time. One common early symptom of the disease is difficulty in remembering recent events. An Alzheimer’s patient forgets the names of people like family members, long-time friends, addresses, and other things.

All the participants in the event were provided with T-Shirts, as well as Certificates and refreshments after the ride ended.

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