Dementia is a condition caused by a variety of brain illnesses that affect memory, thinking, behaviour and the ability to perform everyday activities. The illness gets worse over time and it mainly affects elderly people. There is no cure for dementia, but a lot can be done to support both people living with it and those who care for them. The Statistics Department earlier forecast 15.3% of Malaysia’s population will be 60 years old and above by 2030. The rapid expansion of the elderly population is expected to greatly increase the number of people with dementia, Bernama reported.

However, a study by a group of researchers from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) has found that eating ulam raja (king’s salad), scientifically known as “Cosmos Caudatus”, could help alleviate dementia at an early stage. (Pic) Ulam raja has a high polyphenol content and is an effective preventive agent for mild cognitive impairment or pre-dementia conditions. MASRY CHE ANI THESUN