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Research Article | Volume 4 Issue 6 (November, 2023)
Cognitive Compassion: Unveiling Dementia Awareness in the Heart of the Himalayas – A Study in District Shimla, Himachal Pradesh
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Abstract
Background: Dementia poses a growing global health challenge, particularly in regions marked by diverse landscapes such as District Shimla, Himachal Pradesh. Despite strides in medical research, awareness gaps persist, necessitating a focused exploration of dementia awareness and knowledge in this unique Himalayan setting. Materials & Methods: A cross-sectional survey design was employed, targeting adults (n=400) residing in District Shimla from August to November 2023. A Google Form questionnaire assessed socio-demographic information and knowledge about dementia. Scoring was based on correct responses, categorizing participants into Very Good, Good, Fair, and Poor knowledge groups. Data were analyzed using Epi Info V7 Software. Results: Findings revealed a variability in dementia awareness, with 23.5% exhibiting Very Good knowledge, 38% Good, 25.75% Fair, and 12.75% Poor knowledge. Urban participants comprised 62.25%, emphasizing the need for rural-focused interventions. Respondents showed awareness gaps in defining dementia, naming its types, and identifying preventive measures. Cultural factors influencing perceptions were recognized by over 50%, indicating a need for culturally sensitive educational strategies. Conclusion: This study underscores the pressing need for tailored dementia awareness initiatives in District Shimla. Cultural sensitivity, community involvement, and targeted educational interventions are crucial for enhancing understanding and mitigating the socio-economic impact of dementia in this distinctive Himalayan region.
Keywords
Dementia
Awareness
Knowledge
Himalayas
Cultural Sensitivity
Public Health
Community Involvement
Socio-economic Impact.
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