Alzheimer's and Related Disorders Society of India - Bangalore Chapter

Alzheimer's and Related Disorders Society of India - Bangalore Chapter

Dementia Day Care Memory Clinic Dementia Helpline Home Care ARDSI Chapter Office
Nightingales Medical Trust, 8P6, 3rd A Cross, Kasturinagar, Banaswadi,
Bengaluru, KA
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Caring for People with Dementia and their Caregivers

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Alzheimer's & Related Disorders Society of India, Bangalore Chapter, is a non-profit organization registered in 2006, the Centenary year of Alzheimer's. This Chapter is affiliated to Alzheimer's & Related Disorders Society of India (ARDSI) which has 14 chapters across the Country.

Unlike other diseases, dementia affects not only the patients but devastates the families as well. The cause of the disease remains unknown, and there is no prevention or cure. Age is the major risk factor for Alzheimer's. Responding to this emerging epidemic among elders, Nightingales Medical Trust , an NGO implementing various need-based projects for the well-being of the elderly in and around Bangalore is promoting the Bangalore Chapter of ARDSI. Visit www.nightingaleseldercare.com for more details.

Eminent and committed persons are on the Board as Patrons and committee members.

The Chapter strives to generate the necessary awareness and create appropriate support systems for the patients and the care giving family members through networking with other NGOs and governmental agencies. Besides these, we have set up support groups, training of professional caregivers, promoting research, camps for dementia screening, rehabilitation services, subsidizing the cost of care (medicines/ consumables, daycare) for needy people with dementia.

Services:

1. Public Education

In view of the stigma attached to this disease in India, the dementia cases are pushed under the carpet and untold suffering within the family is the result. Attributing the symptoms to old age, early detection and systematic care are often neglected. Through public education, we create awareness that dementia is only a disease that can happen to anybody and early detection and proper care could make an improvement in the lives of the patients. This programme includes interpersonal contacts, group meetings in senior citizen organizations/forums, old age homes, and educational institutions.

2. Community Screening

Elders are screened for symptoms and potential risks of developing dementia. A team of experts conducts camps on request anywhere in Bangalore for a group and for individuals. This facility is available at our centers as well as online self assessment can be used.

3. Counseling and Guidance

This is mainly done through Helpline or on personal appointment at Sandhya Kirana. Family members need to be educated about the nature of the disease process and the various aspects of caregiving. A lot of tips on do's and don'ts while handling a dementia patients are also discussed. There are two dementia Helplines which currently are operational between 9 am and 9 pm on all the days of the year to provide information on care, counseling, and available support systems.

4. Memory Clinic

There is no certain cure or cause known for dementia; however, pre-dementia or Mild Cognitive Impairment condition can be detected through screening and assessment by either Neuropsychiatrists, Psychiatrists, or Neurologists. It is also a pre-clinical stage for Alzheimer's Disease. To this account, memory clinic functions at Sandhya Kirana on all Thursdays of the month between 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 pm, except on the last Thursday, when it functions at Nightingales Elders Enrichment Center. Referrals, however, may be made for any medical investigations.

5. Support Group Services

This is a group of family members of people who suffer from dementia and the purpose of this group is to provide support to caregivers and thus allow them to cope better. By knowing that they are not alone, sharing their feelings and experiences, learning about various aspects of caregiving and the actual disease process, helping each other by providing innovative ideas and tips, and above all to care for themselves is encouraged. Currently, the group meets twice, on second Saturdays at Sandhya Kirana.

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