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Monday, July 30, 2012

INTEGRATED PROGRAMME FOR OLDER PERSONS, A Central Sector Scheme to improve the quality of life of the Older Persons. Gvt of India.

(Revised Scheme effective from 1.4.2008).


(i) Maintenance of Old Age homes to provide food, care and shelter for a minimum number of 25 destitute older persons. (APPENDIX I)

(ii) Maintenance of Respite Care Homes and Continuous Care Homes for a minimum of 25 Older Persons who live in old age homes but are seriously ill requiring continuous nursing care and respite. (APPENDIX II)

(iii) Running of Multi Service Centres for Older Persons to provide daycare, educational and entertainment opportunities, healthcare, companionship to a minimum number of 50 older persons. (APPENDIX III)

(iv) Maintenance of Mobile Medicare Units to provide medical care to the older persons living in rural and isolated and backward areas. (APPENDIX IV)

(v) Running of Day Care Centres for Alzheimer's Disease / Dementia Patients to provide specialized day-care to the Alzheimer's disease patients. (APPENDIX V)

(vi) Physiotherapy clinics for older persons (APPENDIX VI)

(viii) Mental health care and Specialized care for the Older Persons to provide Mental Health Care Intervention Programmes to the elderly. This scheme is also open to organizations / hospitals, which are already into mental health care. The scheme would help such organizations to integrate the component for older persons, which is hitherto neglected. (APPENDIX VIII)

(ix) Help-lines and Counselling Centres for older persons (APPENDIX IX)

(xi) Regional Resource and Training Centres (APPENDIX XI)

(xii) Training of Caregivers to the older persons (APPENDIX XII)

(xiii) Awareness Generation Programmes for Older Persons and Care Givers like Self-care, preventive health care, disease management, preparation for old age / healthy and productive ageing; intergenerational bonding. (APPENDIX XIII)


Provision for medical care of Senior Citizens in India. Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act, 2007. (excerpt)


20. Medical support for senior citizens,

"The State Government shall ensure that:

- the Government hospitals or hospitals funded fully or partially by the Government shall provide beds for all senior citizens as far as possible;
- separate queues be arranged for senior citizens;
- facility for treatment of chronic, terminal and degenerative diseases is expanded for senior citizens;
- research activities for chronic elderly diseases and ageing is expanded;
- there are earmarked facilities for geriatric patients in every district hospital duly headed by a medical officer with experience in geriatric care."


19. Establishment of old age homes: 

"The State Government may establish and maintain such number of oldage homes at accessible places, as it may deem necessary, in a phased manner, beginning with at least one in each district to accommodate in such homes a minimum of one hundred fifty senior citizens who are indigent.

The State Government may, prescribe a scheme for management of oldage homes, including the standards and various types of services to be provided by them which are necessary for medical care and means of entertainment to the inhabitants of such homes.

Explanation - for the purposes of this section, "indigent" means any senior citizen who is not having sufficient means, as determined by the State Government, from time to time, to maintain himself"


Wednesday, July 25, 2012

A yogic meditation effects on stress among family dementia caregivers; review Psychoneuroendocrinology, july 2012.

"Yogic meditation reverses NF-κB and IRF-related transcriptome dynamics in leukocytes of family dementia caregivers in a randomized controlled trial"
  • David S. Black, 
  • Steve W. Cole
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  • Michael R. Irwin, 
  • Elizabeth Breen, 
  • Natalie M. St. Cyr, 
  • Nora Nazarian, 
  • Dharma S. Khalsa, 
  • Helen Lavretsky.  
  • PsychoneuroendocrinologyAvailable online 14 July 2012, In Press, Corrected Proof.  


    Although yoga and meditation have been used for stress reduction with reported improvement in inflammation, little is known about the biological mechanisms mediating such effects. The present study examined if a yogic meditation might alter the activity of inflammatory and antiviral transcription control pathways that shape immune cell gene expression.


    Forty-five family dementia caregivers were randomized to either Kirtan Kriya Meditation (KKM) or Relaxing Music (RM) listening for 12 min daily for 8 weeks and 39 caregivers completed the study.".......

    Monday, July 16, 2012

    Two-day Indo-UK Workshop on "Comprehensive Care for the Elder", Chennai 22nd and 23th September 2012.

    From Ardsi Kkm: "I have great pleasure in welcoming you to the Indo-UK Workshop on Elder Care, a joint initiative between the Voluntary Health Services in Chennai and the Royal College of Physicians, Edinburg, under the aegis of the new Indo-British Health Initiative. 

    Over 2 days we will discuss key clinical problem areas in the care of the elder, discussing multi-disciplinary perspectives and developing the roadmap to delivering comprehensive care for the elderly in India

    The workshop will have as its lead speakers eminent faculty from the Royal College of Physicians-Edinburgh, complemented by a galaxy of Indian experts representing major clinical disciplines.

    I request you to disseminate this information to all the member of ARDSI as this conference will surely be an enlightening one in the subject."

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    GeriCaRe Facebook page and other evidence-based information group on LinkedIn.

    Facebook page GeriCaRe (Geriatric Care and Research Organisation): "is involved in the care of the elderly and research in various aspects relevant to old age. 
    It endeavours to provide evidence based information for caregivers, elderly and the health care professionals about age related issues."

    For more evidence based information about current international research in AD, here is a LinkedIn group for researchers with info/news in english and french,

    Handbook of Dementia 2010, Paras Publishing, Hyderabad, India.

    Handbook of Dementia, 1st and 2nd Indian edition, Nilamadhab Kar, David Jolley, Baikunthanath Misra, Paras Publishing, 2010 Hyderabad.

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    Nightingales Medical Trust Three-day training, Bangalore, 2012.

    Training Program from Nightingales Medical Trust and Alzheimer's Australia: "Dementia Care, are you trained to handle it?", 3 days training, Rs. 2000, This program is designed for Students of Nursing, Psychology, and Social Work.

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    Sunday, July 15, 2012

    Video: Satyamev Jayate, episode 11: "Old Age - Sunset Years, Sunshine Life", Aamir Khan TV show. India, 2012.

    Satyamev Jayate Episode:"Aging parents and their plights are not new; the society has been witnessing these things since long, however a significant development has taken place in last couple of decades. 

    Arrival of the concept of old age homes has made children shy away from their responsibilities without experiencing the moral crisis, but the question is still the same. Can any shelter be a substitute of home? [...] 

    Conventional Indian society has not accepted the western concept of ‘on your own’ yet....One finds it difficult to strike a balance between the professional and personal lives, without realising that when they are going places, their parents are getting old."

    "The typical Indian mindset is also responsible for it to some extent. The theory of ‘Kamaata bachchon ke liye hi toh hoon’ (I earn for my children only) causes a lot of problems. 

    The children feel that they have absolute and justified right on their parents’ wealth and the atrocities start when they don’t get it normally."...


    Full episode :

    Sunday, July 8, 2012

    CHENNAI: XVII National Conference of The Alzheimer's and Related Disorders Society of India.

    CHENNAI: XVII National Conference of The Alzheimer's and Related Disorders Society of India. 
    Theme: "Synergizing Innovative Research and Technologies in Alzheimer's Care" on 2-4th November 2012. 
    Hosted by ARDSI Chennai Chapter in association with Sri Ramachandra University and Indian Psychiatric Society.


    Saturday, July 7, 2012

    Photo: inside the brain: Alzheimer, Parkinson and Lewy Body Dementia...making sense of Memory Loss.

    Alzheimer's Disease, Parkinson Disease and Dementia with Lewy Body :

    A helpful comparison between common Alzheimer's symptoms vs. the signs of normal memory loss.

    The As of Alzheimer's Disease

    Dementia: an Umbrella term

    Thursday, July 5, 2012


    Citizens of India Join hands & Support : ‘SENIOR CITIZENS NATIONAL PROTEST DAY’ 16TH AUGUST 2012 :It’s time to STAND UP & FIGHT against ELDER ABUSE & NEGLECT by Government . 

    Will you stand up & fight, this 65th Independence Day?
    Website : ; Facebook: . Email:

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    Wednesday, July 4, 2012

    Video: "Alanna Shaikh: How I'm preparing to get Alzheimer's",Jun 2012.

    Video: "Alanna Shaikh: How I'm preparing to get Alzheimer's", Filmed Jun 2012, Posted JUL 2012 • TEDGlobal 2012.

    Facing her father affected, now "She's taking three concrete steps to prepare for the moment -- should it arrive -- when she herself gets Alzheimer's disease."

    Sunday, July 1, 2012

    Dementia Care Training, 6th-7th July 2012, Kerala.

    Dementia Care Training in Kottayam , Kerala July 2012: ARDSI Kottayam Chapter is organising the 6th batch of "Dementia Care Training" in collaboration with Bangor University, North Wales, UK in association with The institute for person centred Approaches in India on 6th and 7th July, 2012 at Mount Carmel Teachers' Training College, Kanjikkuzhi, Kottayam. Herewith attached the invitation of the programme.

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