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Cases of dementia in Sri Lanka estimated to increase

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The risk of Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia increases with age. As Sri Lanka has one of the fastest ageing populations in the region it is estimated that by the year 2050 there will be almost half a million people living with dementia in Sri Lanka. Evidence is also emerging that the COVID-19 may increase the risk of developing dementia later in life.

September is marked globally as World Alzheimer’s Month and 21st September as World Alzheimer’s Day. Lanka Alzheimer’s Foundation (LAF), a member of the global association, Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI), is focused on post-diagnosis support for those living with Alzheimer’s and other related dementias and to enhance the wellbeing of their family carers.

LAF’s is once again organizing a virtual walk from 1st to 21st September to encourage physical and mental exercise, one of the key factors in helping to delay or prevent Alzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia, while educating participants about the disease. Details are available on their website https://alzlanka.org/together-we-can-do-so-much/.

The service provided by LAF, which is run mainly by volunteers with donations from well-wishers, includes: raising awareness; providing education on risk reduction; memory screening and assessment; an activity centre; care giver support groups; a help line; identification bracelets; befriending and counselling and much more to help persons living with dementia and their care givers.

“Know Dementia, Know Alzheimer’s” – armed with the power of knowledge, all of us together with LAF can do so much to spot the warning signs of dementia, ensure timely diagnosis, and provide post-diagnosis support for people living with dementia. Contrary to common belief Alzheimer’s is not a normal part of ageing. It is a disease, for which there currently is no cure but there are measures to reduce chances of developing dementia and slowing the onset or progression of the disease.



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Social relations and solidarity emerge as fundamental pillars essential for steering our nation forward along the path of progress and prosperity – President

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President Rani Wickremesinghe in his New Year Message stressed that social relations and solidarity emerge as fundamental pillars essential for steering our nation forward along the path of progress and prosperity

The full text of the President’s message follows:

“The progression of nations, countries and the global community is propelled by the perpetual cycle of renewal, where innovative ideas are nurtured and novel creations come to fruition.

Embracing renewal in accordance with the traditional New Year, the calendar year, or the changing seasons, individuals across the globe find themselves revitalized, endowed with fresh opportunities for growth and advancement. Beneath the surface of these myriad renewals lies a fundamental truth; the paramount importance of social relationships and collective unity.

During the Sinhala and Tamil New Year, we engage in a profound renewal of self, centering our focus on nurturing bonds and fostering a sense of gregariousness. This emphasis on interpersonal bonds is the cornerstone of traditional New Year rituals observed across diverse cultures worldwide.

It is important to emphasize the significance of this pivotal point, particularly during the New Year festivities, as it serves as a poignant reminder of the essence of human connection and communal solidarity.

In the dawn of the New Year, social relations and solidarity emerge as fundamental pillars essential for steering our nation forward along the path of progress and prosperity. With this understanding in mind, I extend my heartfelt wishes for a joyous and fulfilling Sinhala and Tamil New Year.”

 

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Sinhala and Tamil New Year auspicious times

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The Auspicious times for the Sinhala and Tamil New Year 2024 are as follows

13th April
02:41pm –  Punya Kalaya
09:05pm  – Dawn of the New Year
11:06pm –  Lighting of the Hearth

14th April 
00:06am – Starting work, Partaking of meals and transactions

15th April
10:17am – Anointing

17th April
06:52am – Leaving for work

18th April 
10:16am – Planting trees

 

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Heat Index at ‘Caution’ level in Northern and North-Western provinces and Anuradhapura district

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Heat Index advisory issued by the Natural Hazards Early Warning Centre At 4.00 p.m. 12 April 2024, valid for 13 April  2024

The Natural hazards Early Warning Centre says that the Heat Index, the temperature felt on the human body is expected to increase up to ‘Caution level’ at some places in Northern and North-Western provinces and Anuradhapura district.

The Heat Index Forecast is calculated by using relative humidity and maximum temperature and this is the condition that is felt on your body. This is not the forecast of maximum temperature. It is generated by the Department of Meteorology for the next day period and prepared by using global numerical weather prediction model data.

Effect of the heat index on human body is mentioned in the above table and it is prepared on the advice of the Ministry of Health and Indigenous Medical Services.

ACTION REQUIRED

Job sites: Stay hydrated and takes breaks in the shade as often as possible.
Indoors: Check up on the elderly and the sick.
Vehicles: Never leave children unattended.
Outdoors: Limit strenuous outdoor activities, find shade and stay hydrated.
Dress: Wear lightweight and white or light-colored clothing.

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In addition, please refer to advisories issued by the Disaster Preparedness & Response Division, Ministry of Health in this regard as well. For further clarifications please contact 011-7446491

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