PROJECT AT A GLANCE
Funder: The Rotary Club of Crosby, UK
Duration: September 2010 To July 2011
Director/Consultant: Dr Amit Dais, MD, DGM
Project assistant co-ordinator:
Shezmin Jasani, Clinical Psychologist
Community health counsellor: Lourdes Alvares
To address the needs of the people with dementia and their caregivers. The Dementia Home Care project was designed and evaluated by The Dementia Society of Goa
The intervention won the Fondation Mederic Alzheimer and Alzheimer Disease International Prize for the best psychosocial intervention in 2010. Sangath with the help of the Rotary Club of Crosby, UK, has launched the Dementia Home Care project in the South Goa talukas of Salcette and Quepem in September 2010 which is observed the world over as World Alzheimer’s Day.
Through this programme we intend to raise awareness regarding the disease. Our Home Care Advisors will visit families to advise them on the non pharmacological interventions that can improve their quality of life.
We will attempt to set up memory clubs and support groups for caregivers and people with dementia. Sangath is also planning to extend the service to other frail elders in this region.
People with dementia and their families residing in Quepem and Salcette can avail of this service free of cost. They could either contact us directly or could be referred to us by their treating physician.
MEMORY PROBLEMS IN THE ELDERLY COULD BE A SIGN OF DEMENTIA. IF YOU KNOW SOMEONE ABOVE THE AGE OF 60 YEARS WHO IS FORGETFUL, DISORIENTED AND CONFUSED, FEEL FREE TO CONTACT US FOR HELP
Magnitude of the problem
The recent estimates state that there are around 3.7 million people with dementia in India and over 4000 people with dementia in Goa. However less than 10% of the people get the diagnosis or avail of some help.
Non pharmacological interventions can help in improving the quality of life of the person with dementia and also decrease the burnout experienced by the caregiver. 2.9% of those above the age of 60 years and 12.5 5 above the age of 80 years are afflicted with dementia and need help.
Would you like to help?
We would like to network with other NGOs and would encourage volunteers to register with us to assist us in making the programme a success. If you would like to create an awareness programme in your area regarding this condition or you know a senior person with memory problems, feel free to contact us.
Contact Shezmin Jasani to register in the programme at 9920866819