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Alzheimer's and Related Disorders Society
of India (ARDSI), Bangalore Chapter

Promoted by Nightingales Medical Trust

Caring for people with Dementia and their caregivers

Dementia Bangalore Helpline

for information and guidance related to dementia


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Reports of events organized by ARDSI Bangalore Chapter


NISD Training on Management of Dementia, November 2 to 6,2009

This training was organized by National Institute of Social Defense in collaboration with Nightingales Medical Trust. Functionaries of different NGOs working for the aged, counsellors from various senior citizen helplines in Karnataka, nurses from various dementia care facilities and mental health hospitals participated in the training.


Living With Alzheimer's - Photographic Expo, October, 2009

ARDSI, Bangalore Chapter, and Nightingales Medical Trust organized a photographic exhibition, Living with Alzheimer's, in Bangalore, as part of their ongoing activities to create awareness about Alzheimer's disease. The exhibition visited different localities in Bangalore, and helped increase awareness about the seriousness of the disease amongst the public, medical professionals, and caregivers. The programme also covered educational institutions as well.

The exhibition presented appealing and alluring photographs of Indian Alzheimer's patients, taken by a world renowned photographer Prof. Cathy Greenblat, who has organized such programmes across the world and won several awards. Her presence and interaction with the public made the programme more meaningful and useful. The Inaugural

This event was supported and sponsored by the Manipal Hospital and was inaugurated by Ms. Nupur Basu on October 7, 2009, at Manipal hospital premises. At the Manipal, press conference was held. In addition to Dr. Cathy, Dr. Radha, Mrs. Nupur Basu and Dr. Ratnavalli, Head of the Department of Neurology and Specialist in Behavioral Neurology and Dr. Nagendra Swamy were present.


World Alzheimer's Day, September 21,2009

The ARDSI Bangalore Chapter and Nightingales Medical Trust organized many programs on September 21, 2009 to mark World Alzheimer’s Day. The Chief Guest was Dr. Mohan Raj, Additional Director, Department of Health & Family Welfare. More than 250 Alzheimer’s patients, caregivers and volunteers from the corporate world walked from Lal Bagh East Gate to the Nightingales Dementia care centre on Richmond Road. The walk reinforced the theme which emphasized the need for early diagnosis. The walk was flagged off by actor Chandrashekar and two dementia patients. There was an interactive session held at Sandhya Kirana which was presided over by experts in the field, viz., Dr. Mathew Varghese, Dr. Ratnavalli, and Dr. Shankar. This year three caregivers took a significant step and pledged the brains of their loved ones for research on the disease.


Master Trainers Program of Alzheimer's Australia, ,2009

Every programme at Nightingales Medical Trust is aimed at improving the lives of our senior citizens. Dementia care is one of them. This was the goal that was achieved at the Master Trainers’ Programme for Effective Dementia Care held in May 2009. The training was a joint initiative of Nightingales Medical Trust, Alzheimer's Australia, WA, and International Federation on Ageing. Eleven members of Nightingales Medical Trust attended the three-day programme to help them improve their skills and interaction with those affected by dementia. They can now impart training in dementia care.


Visit to Alzheimer's Australia

ARDSI Bangalore Chapter representatives, Dr. Radha S Murthy (President) and Dr. Priyamvada Muddapur (Program Manager) visited Alzheimer's Australia to understand the Australian experience in dementia care. They visited Dementia care centres and met with people involved in making the lives of senior citizens comfortable. They developed an India-specific training manual for dementia care with Ms. Sheila Haywood and Ms. Fran Cornell of the Alzheimer’s Australia Education Services.


ARDSI-XIV National Conference, Bangalore, September 27 and 28, 2008

The 14th National Conference of ARDSI was held on September 27th and 28th 2008, at the J.N. Tata Auditorium, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. It was organized by the Bangalore Chapter of ARDSI. The Conference was co-hosted by Nightingales Medical Trust, Times Foundation and Indian Institute of Science. It was inaugurated by Prof. K Kasturirangan, Director, National Institute of Advanced Studies and former Chairman of Indian Space Research Organization. Shri R Basil, C.E.O Manipal Health Systems was the Guest of Honour. Veteran Actor B Saroja Devi released the Souvenir. Dr. K Jacob Roy, National Chairman, ARDSI and Bangalore Chapter Chairperson Dr. Radha S. Murthy highlighted the imperative need for dementia care.

Around 300 delegates from different parts of India participated. The speakers and resource persons were experts from India and abroad. The participants included Neurologists, Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Physicians, service providers, social scientists, policy makers, nurses, students, elders, caregiving family members and NGOs. The conference provided a great opportunity for people from different walks of life, all concerned about dementia to meet, share experiences and update themselves with the latest developments in the field of dementia care.


World Alzheimer's Day, September 21,2006

The World Alzheimer’s Day of the Centenary Year was observed in a fitting and meaningful manner by the Bangalore Chapter of Alzheimer’s & elated Disorders Society of India (ARDSI) through various Awareness Programmes, weeklong Road Shows, releasing of Souvenir and launching of Helpline services.

The Awareness Campaign was launched in an impressive way with the participation of ARDSI members, mostly elders in the Bangalore Marathon held on 18th September 2006. Besides carrying placards with messages on Alzheimer’s disease, the members of ARDSI distributed thousands of pamphlets to the participants of the Run and the public.