Roadshows And Workshop To Mark World Alzheimer’s Day 2017 At Hyderabad

The theme for World Alzheimer’s Day – 2017 was “Remember Me” The aim is to encourage people to learn how to identify the symptoms of dementia and to remember loved ones who live with this disease

World Alzheimer’s Day was observed on 21st September 2017 by the Red Cross - Nightingales Trust Dementia Day Care Centre through conducting various activities that was spread all through the day.

The inaugural was held at KBR Park main entrance where students, care givers and general public had gathered. After welcoming the chief guest Mr.Rajeshwar Tiwari IAS - Special Chief Secretary, Health Medical and Family Welfare, and other dignitaries like Wing Commander Mr.Dharam Paul Sabharwal, Mr.Madan Mohan Rao - General Secretary IRCS, Mr.Koti Reddy - Administrative Officer, IRCS, Mr.Bheem Reddy - District Chairman, IRCS, Mr.Narasimha Reddy - Convenor, IRCS, Mr.Rajath - Upcoming film actor, Dr.Radha - Managing Trustee NMT and Mr.Premkumar Raja - Managing Trustee NMT on to the dais, they were requested to address the gathering.

The Chief Guest Mr Rajeshwar Tiwari spoke about the prevalence of Alzheimer’s and the necessity of NGOs and other social organisations to participate in educating the care givers and general public about dementia. He also promised to support and contribute to the cause.

Wing Commander Dharam Paul Sabharwal spoke about his experiences of care giving and spread the message of courage to all those present. Then, the book “Handling Alzheimer’s with Courage” authored by him was released among other care givers and dignitaries. Finally, Mr.Rajath spoke and directed his speech towards the youngsters and requested them to actively participate in such programs and also take steps to prevent the onset of the disease.

Then, students of Rhoda Mistry College performed a street play exhibiting the symptoms of Alzheimer’s and conveying that these symptoms need medical attention.

Next the memory walk named “The March of the Confused Mind” was flagged off by the chief guest and the students from various colleges like Rhoda Mistry College of Social Work and Research, Sultan-Ul-Uloom College, St Francis and St Ann’s participated in the walk.

Approximately 400 students and 50 senior citizens marched along with the float; the stretch till the RC-NTDDC Centre, carrying slogans / placards and banners trying to sensitize the public about Alzheimer’s / Dementia.

A workshop for care givers was conducted at the centre where senior citizens, psychology and social work students were the ardent listeners. Dr.Purnima Nagaraja, Psychiatrist spoke of the onset of dementia, its common causes and concentrated on dealing with people with dementia. A few care givers also spoke of their experiences with such patients. One among them was Mr Sabharwal again who gave an emotional speech and was received with a standing ovation. Then Ms.Varodhini, Psychologist also spoke about the care giver burn out.

Meanwhile, the well appreciated plays by Rhoda Mistry College students were performed at various important places around Banjara Hills like – Mahavir Jain Hospital, NIMS and L V Prasad Eye Institute to bring about awareness on dementia and Alzheimer’s. The Superintendents, Administrators and other doctors and nurses on duty witnessed these plays. Our hand bills were also distributed at all these places to help people recognise the signs of dementia.