ARDSI Support Group meeting for Family Caregivers at NCAA

The ARDSI Support group meeting was held on 6th August at the Nightingales Centre for Ageing and Alzheimers. The session was attended by family caregivers. This session was also live streamed to help more caregivers who were unable to travel to the venue, learn more about how meaningful activities can be planned for people with dementia.

With a brief round of introduction, the session was initiated by Mrs.Asha D'Souza, Rehabilitation psychologist from the Nightingales Centre for Ageing & Alzheimers. She explained the basic functions of each part of the brain and by understanding which part of the brain has been affected, meaningful and beneficial activities are to be planned.

She also demonstrated a few activities that may be tried at home and how these activities can help in building a positive relationship, fun activity, a time for bonding between the person with dementia and the caregiver.

Through a case study of Mrs.S, the participants formed smaller groups to discuss and come up with a care plan for S. Various interesting ideas to help Mrs.S, based on her past & present personal & medical history was brought out in the discussion.

Post the discussion, Dr.Soumya Hegde, Geriatric Psychiatrist briefed about the various activities that could be done and guided the caregivers for the various concerns, issues that were raised for the care of their loved one.

The session ended by 5.00pm.