Orientation Program on Dementia Care and Management

 

A combination of theoretical (classroom) sessions and practical sessions, the program began with a preassessment of the participants to enable the facilitators to know and understand theirlevel of knowledge of dementia. Over the course of the three days, Ms. RamaniSundaram, Training Lead spoke about the brain and its functions, dementia and its types and impact of dementia. Dr. SoumyaHegde, Psychiatrist, NCAA, took up a session on diagnosis and assessment of dementia and the use of the neuropsychological scale/ assessment.

 

Nightingales Medical Trust, Bangalore with National Institute of Social Defence (NISD), New Delhi hosted a 3-Days Orientation Program on Dementia Care and Management from 9th February 2017 to 11th February 2017 at the Nightingales Centre for Ageing and Alzheimer’s, Kasturinagar, Bangalore. The program was intended primarily for staff of Day Care Centres and NGO’s working in the field of age care and for family members / caregivers of Persons with Dementia (PwD).

 
 

Ms. SruthiShanivaram and Ms. Asha D’Souza, Psychologists at NCAA discussed the stages and warning signs of dementia and the challenging behaviors in dementia respectively. Nightingales Dementia Day Care Manager, Ms. Susan Jason took up sessions on activitiesand engagement of dementia clients and need for person centered care in a dementia friendly environment.

At the end of each session, the participants were given a chance to ask questions and to initiate discussions. Participants raised questions ranging from curability in dementia to ways of assessing which activity is best for the person with dementia.