World Alzheimer’s Day 2019 at Hyderabad

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The theme for World Alzheimer’s day 2019 was “Let’s talk about Dementia - End the stigma”, a Campaign aimed to fight against the Stigma Associated with Dementia. World Alzheimer’s Day was observed on 20th September 2019 at the Red Cross - Nightingales Trust Dementia Day Care Centre through conducting various activities that were spread all through the day.

World Alzheimer’s Day-2019
World Alzheimer’s Day-2019
World Alzheimer’s Day-2019

The public event was organised at KBR Park where more than 800 participants consisting of students, caregivers, police officers, morning walkers at the park and various other supportive NGOs had gathered. Ms. Sruthi Sivaraman, Team Lead – Dementia Care, conducted Brain Games and created understanding about the cognitive impairment a person with dementia.

Mr. Premkumar Raja, Cofounder, NMT, gave the welcome address.

World Alzheimer’s Day-2019
World Alzheimer’s Day-2019
World Alzheimer’s Day-2019

Dignitaries present were the Honourable Minister Shri Eetela Rajendra (chief guest), Mr. Prakash Reddy - Chaiman of IRCS, Mr. Madan Mohan Rao - General Secretary IRCS, Mr. Koti Reddy - Administrative Officer, IRCS, Mr. Bheem Reddy - District Chairman, Mr Premkumar S Raja, and Dr Radha Murthy Cofounders of Nightingales Medical Trust.

World Alzheimer’s Day-2019
World Alzheimer’s Day-2019

The Chief Guest Hon’ Health Minister Shri.Eetela Rajendra spoke about the prevalence of Alzheimer’s and the necessity of NGOs and other social organisations to participate in educating the caregivers and general public about dementia. He spoke about how nuclear families have replaced joint families which has led to less interaction between children and elders. He laid emphasis on how it is necessary to respect elders and educate every one about dementia. He has suggested conducting more awareness programmes and increasing activities for elders to reduce the risk of Dementia. He also promised to support the cause. He congratulated Red Cross Nightingales Trust Dementia Day Care Centre for observing the World Alzheimer’s Day meaningfully.  

Street play by St. Joseph’s college students:   After the minister’s speech, a street play was performed by students of St Joseph’s College to create awareness about the signs and symptoms and available support services to close the treatment gap.  

This was followed by the speech of Guest of honour, Shri. Prakash Reddy, Chaiman IRCS. Meanwhile, the students of IRCS and various colleges like Rhoda Mistry College, St Joseph and St Anns gathered for the “Intergenerational Memory Walk” to raise awareness on Dementia to fight stigma associated with Dementia. It was flagged off by the Health Minister.

World Alzheimer’s Day-2019

Approximately 800 members participated including students, senior citizens NGOs and others marched along raising slogans/ placards and banners trying to fight the stigma against Dementia.

World Alzheimer’s Day-2019
World Alzheimer’s Day-2019
World Alzheimer’s Day-2019
World Alzheimer’s Day-2019
World Alzheimer’s Day-2019
World Alzheimer’s Day-2019
World Alzheimer’s Day-2019
World Alzheimer’s Day-2019
World Alzheimer’s Day-2019
World Alzheimer’s Day-2019
World Alzheimer’s Day-2019
World Alzheimer’s Day-2019
World Alzheimer’s Day-2019
World Alzheimer’s Day-2019
World Alzheimer’s Day-2019
World Alzheimer’s Day-2019
World Alzheimer’s Day-2019
World Alzheimer’s Day-2019
World Alzheimer’s Day-2019
World Alzheimer’s Day-2019
World Alzheimer’s Day-2019
World Alzheimer’s Day-2019
World Alzheimer’s Day-2019
World Alzheimer’s Day-2019
World Alzheimer’s Day-2019
World Alzheimer’s Day-2019
World Alzheimer’s Day-2019

After the culmination of the Intergenerational Memory Walk at Red Cross Nightingales Trust Dementia Day Care Centre, there was a workshop titled “How to fight stigma associated with Dementia” led by Dr Diana Monteiro and Dr Surya Prabha, Neurophysician from NIMS hospital. They discussed about identifying the signs and symptoms of Dementia. Impact of the workshop on family carers were tremendous that about 5 carers shared their experiences of caring including lack of information available and the jolt they faced while the diagnosis was given.

Vote of Thanks by Dr. Radha S Murthy, Managing Trustee of Nightingales Medical Trust.

World Alzheimer’s Day-2019
World Alzheimer’s Day-2019
World Alzheimer’s Day-2019
World Alzheimer’s Day-2019
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World Alzheimer’s Day-2019
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