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Sunday, March 29, 2009

Government Sponsor One month Certificate Course in Age Care

Alzheimer's and Related Disorders Society of India (ARDSI) is organizing a one month Certificate Course for functionaries of NGOs and other age care projects, in association with National Institute of Social Defence, Old Age Care Division at Cochin from 30th March to 29th April 2009 at Ashirbhavan Ernakulam, Kerala.

We invite Social Workers, Counselors, Care takers and other functionaries who are within the age of 25 to 50, and having at least one year work experience in Old age care institutions or in other related programmes or projects working for the well being of the elderly.

Interested persons should contact the address below to confirm the participation as early as possible. The participants will be reimbursed the railway travel, to and fro by three tier AC on producing photocopy of the tickets. The Course materials, lodging and boarding will be provided free of cost during the course as per the guidelines of NISD. On the successful completion of this one month course, the participants will be provided with the Certificate of National Institute of Social Defence, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India.


Sunday, March 1, 2009

Report of "Multidisciplinary Approach to Healthy & Participatory Ageing" Conference. India, 2009.

Wednesday, 11 February, 2009

S.V.T. COLLEGE OF HOME SCIENCE (Autonomous) S.N.D.T. Women’s University, held an UGC CPE sponsored International Conference on “Multidisciplinary Approach to Healthy & Participatory Ageing” from 22nd to 24th JANUARY, 2009, at ISKCON Auditorium, Hare Krishna Land, Juhu, Mumbai.

The participating organizations for this conference were International Longevity Center, India, Helpage India and ICMR. The supporting organizations for the conference was Geriatric Society of India and Silver Inning Foundation. Union Bank of India was the Gold Sponsor for the Conference.

Around 400 delegates consisting of academicians, students, researchers from the different fields of human development, psychology, nutrition, social work, related to the field of Gerontology across India and a few from abroad participated during the three-day event to discuss the areas related to Senior Citizens. Many representatives of Senior citizen organizations also participated in this conference.

In the Inaugural program, the keynote address ‘Towards Multi-disciplinary Approach – Going Beyond Physical Science’ was delivered by Dr. S. D. Gokhale (President, International Longevity Centre, India). The theme of the keynote address was ‘Ageing: a Natural Phenomeon’. He dwelt upon science and spirituality in the context of ageing. This was followed by the speech of Chief Guest, Prof. S. Parasuraman (Director, Tata Institute of Social Sciences). He discussed at length economic implications of ageing and initiatives of the various state governments for helping the old people. Dr. O.P.Sharma, Gen. Secretary, GSI spoke in his speech, “Geriatrics – Past, Present & Future”, focussed on medical aspects related to ageing. He charted the history of Geriatrics and emphasized on need for positive habits of nutrition, exercise from early years for healthy ageing.

The inaugural ceremony was followed by the inauguration of photo exhibition and poster presentation. Later the students of SVT College of Home Science enthralled the audience with the rich cultural programme.

The delegates of this conference enriched their existing knowledge with the different presentations on various topics from a galaxy of National and International invited speakers who are stalwarts in the field of gerontology like Mrs. Irene Hoskins (President, International Federation of Ageing, U.S.A.) Dr. Jane Barratt (General Secretary, International Federation of Ageing, Canada), Dr. O.P.Sharma, Gen. Secretary, GSI, Dr. Gururaj mutalik (ex-director who, united nations), Peter Martin (Director Gerontology, University of Iowa), Mr. Prakash Borgoankar (Helpage india, Dr. Indira Jai Prakash (Ex-Prof. of Psychology, Bangalore University). Dr. Ashish Contractor (Asian Heart Hospital, Mumbai), Dr. G. G. Ray’s (Prof. IDC, IIT, Mumbai) Dr. S. Shaji, (Psychiatrist), Dr. Jacob John Kattakayam, Dr. Charles Pinto (Psychiatrist, Nair Hospital, Mumbai), Dr. Kavita Reddy (American Soya Association), Dr. Bharati Kulkarni (Senior Scientist, NIN, Hyderabad).Arch. Radhika Vaidya (Athashri Foundation, Pune) Dr. N. K. Chadda (Department of Psychology, University of Delhi), Dr. Duru Shah (Medical Director, Gynac World, Mumbai), and Dr. Sesikeran (Director, NIN, Hyderabad) Dr. Bhavesh Modi, Dr. S. Sivaraju (TISS, Mumbai), and Dr. Surendra Sanghvi (MGM College of Eng. & Tech.) Ms. Swatija Manorama presented.

Various topics like Global Ageing Innovations in Policy & Practice, Role of NGOs in Population Ageing, Cardiovascular & Respiratory Rehabilitation – Emerging Issues, Special Housing for Elderly, Think Elderly: Designing Products for Elderly, Quality Ageing – Psychological Issues. Dementia Care – Emerging Issues and Newer Interventions, Family as Carer – the Changing Scenario, Ageing & Cognitive Impairment, Nutrition and Health Benefits of Soy in Human Nutrition, Menopause and Ageing, Personality Characteristics and Well-being of Older Adults, Intergenerational Relationships: Issues and Challenges, Nutrition, Health, and Ageing‘Active Ageing and Economic Security for Elderly, Research in Population Ageing, Use of Electro Stimulation for Incontinence, Issues of the Elderly Women etc were covered very effectively by the different topics.

There were about 22 oral paper presentations made by different researchers during this 3-day conference. About 14 posters presentations on varying topics related to ageing were also another highlight of this conference.

The concluding session was panel discussion on the theme ‘Healthy Ageing’ chaired by Dr. Vibhuti Patel and the panellists were Mr. Sailesh Mishra (Silver Innings), Dr. Sesikaran (NIN, Hyderabad), Dr. A. Deshpande (Psychiatrist, Mumbai), Dr. Kinjewadkar (President, All-India Senior Citizen Association).

The conference came up with the following recommendations :

->There is a need to raise awareness of and creating a common understanding of the concept of healthy ageing.

->Sensitize the society that concept of Healthy ageing goes beyond physical health.

->Quality Ageing should be part of Syllabus of School, College and University.

->Research in Areas of Widows, Disabled, Fragile older adults & Unorganised Sector should be encouraged. Networking for sharing of Research on Ageing should be promoted.

->Need for more well planned low-cost interventions for older adults.

->Need to develop supportive environment in terms of specially designed houses, medical infrastructure, NGO’s and services for the elderly.

->Need for more qualified care-givers for the elderly- Training programmes for caregivers need to be strengthened.

->Government must be cautious while giving the additional responsibility of Geriatric care to the anganwadi worker who is already overloaded.

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ARDSI Hyderabad Deccan Chapter Inauguration

November 18th 2008 is a very important day for Hyderabad, nay, Andhra Pradesh. The ARDSI (Alzheimer's and Related Disorders Society of India) Hyderabad Deccan Chapter has been formally inaugurated at NIMS, Hyderabad in a simple function.

Dr Alladi Suvarna, Neurologist from NIMS, President Local Chapter, welcomed everyone. She gave a simple lucid account of Alzheimer's Disease. Memory loss need not always be due to AD. Causes like Stroke, Head injuries etc may also cause it. These are treatable and reversable. But in AD the memory loss gradually worsens day by day spread over some 8-10 years. During the last stages patients do not even remember how to eat or walk. They become highly frustrated and become agressive and unmanageable at times, mostly because they are highly confused and do not understand what is hapeening to them. Caring for AD patiends involves surprises and fresh learning everyday. She said that one could try to postpone AD by keeping the brain always busy with puzzles, learning activities etc. Turmeric is likely to help preventing AD. She also spoke about memory clinics conducted by NIMS

Ms Nilanjana Maulik of ARDSI Kolkata spoke next. She has over 14 years experience in training care givers. She described all the activities and objectives of ARDSI. Crating Awareness, Care Giver Training, Conducting Memory Clinics, Producing Info products for wide distribution, conducting Chapter based and National level conferences, Advocacy & lobbying are all part of their services / activities. GOI has accepted their proposal to set up National Institute of Aging & Research. In future they want to establish more chapters and provide Respite Care programs also. The Day Care Center facilities in Head Quarters is appreciated by one and all.

Mr S Dass of Helpage , chief guest for the function, congratulated and thanked NIMS and others for starting this Chapter. He said it is long over due. He extended full support for any activity connected with AD. He has witnessed personally the plight of many AD patiens and their families. His support is available anyone desiring to start AD related services in AP. He formally inaugurated the Chapter by switching on the Lamp. "Behind-the-screen" support extended by Helpage is laudable.

Ms Ansari, Secretary, gave a brief history of the Local chapter. It is an off shoot of Memory Clinics at NIMS, many Awareness Creation Lectures by NIMS staff and other activities during the last two Alzheimer's Day in September. Sh gave an overview on AD in India. I was amused to learn that AD is a highly democratic disease. The composition of membership in the chapter is multi faceted: Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Care Givers, Speech Therapists, Neurologists and Volunteers are all welcome to be members.

Dr Chandrashekar, well known Psychiatrist from Asha Hospital, Vice President of Hyderabad Chapter, proposed a (highly matter of fact) vote of Thanks that I very much forwarded to in all meetings. (Many VOT speakers start giving another lecture!.)

The meeting ended with tea which provided a good venue for interaction. Students, family members of AD patients, representatives from SCAs, supporters from Pharma Industry, members of Helpage, NIMs etc were the participants.

What I liked most about the meeting was the simple, business like manner in which the whole meeting was conducted. This gave everybody a sense of assurance --- here are some people who mean business --there would be suitable follow up activities soon.

The tea time was utilized to enroll members (Annual membership Rs 100/- Life Membership Rs 1000/-). I became a member. My receipt number is 905. This is on the inaugural Day. Isn't that some indication that ARDSI Hyderabad Chapter will do grow fast in terms of membership and services?

Let us all wish them well and participate as volunteers in whatever capacity we can.

Report by Dr P Vyasamoorthy