Returning with a brief update, and thoughts on brain bank

So, it’s been three months since my last blog entry. This, after I started the year with a daily entry for one whole month! Ah, well. In software project management, there is a saying: How does a project get to be a year late? One day at a time. That’s what happened here, too.  And after the gap crossed a month, I told myself every day, what difference will one more day make? So it crossed two months, and almost crossed three months.

The last three months have been hectic for me, but dementia and caregiving have continued to form a major part of my life. If anything, the share of my time and energy in these has gone up. It’s just that I could not gather my thoughts enough to make a blog entry.

Let me start with one major event in dementia, the World Alzheimers Day, observed world-wide on September 21. The events included a memory walk, presentations on dementia, and an interactive session with doctors who talked about dementia and answered questions. And Dr. Shankar gave a presentation on Brain Bank and its importance in research.
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Medical Research on Dementia, Brain Banks

A slight diversion from the main theme (dementia and caregiving) that I am exploring–this is about the brain, and how doctors need brains to study and what we can do about this.

We all expect doctors to cure our health problems, or at least treat them and make them bearable. We go to clinics and hospitals hoping that medical professionals will have solutions for problems our bodies throw at us. We expect them to be gods.

How do these gods get their toolkits? How do they know what a set of symptoms means in terms of what our body is doing and why? How do they create drugs and decide on surgery and other interventions to resolve these?
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