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Saturday, October 29, 2011

Caregiver's distress and alternatives in India. (extract of article, DNA)

"Alzheimer’s-hit to get home soon"
Published: Monday, Sep 26, 2011,
By Kanchan Srivastava , Mumbai, DNA.

"Andheri resident Radha Sharma (name changed) is fed up with taking care of her mother Shanti for last five years without a break. Every morning she bathes her, dresses up and takes her for walk. Then she rushes to the school, where she teaches, after locking her mother in their flat. “She doesn’t even know who I am. I wish there was someone to take care of my mom. I am exhausted,” she says.


"But such patients can now enjoy a full-fledged home, first of its kind in Maharashtra, which will take shape in Lonavala. A brain child of Santa Cruz resident Bhavna Kodiyal, this AD home will start functioning from January 1. “Construction will start from Monday. Prabha Joshi (78), a widow, is donating her bungalow at Lonavala for this cause,” says Bhavna, who has been associated with AD campaigns for a year."


"The home would be free for needy people but rich ones will be charged. Lions Club is also providing financial aid for the project. According to Bhavna, “We will hire widows and lonely people to work with these patients.”

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