Minutes of Awareness Session at FAPCCI held by FOSWL

A general public awareness session on "What is dementia" was held at FAPCCI, Red Hills, Hyderabad on 17th November at 6 pm by The Hyderabad, India Chapter of the Friends on Same Wavelength (FOSWL). The distinguish speaker was Dr Suvarna Alladi, President, ARDSI Hyderabad Deccan.

The session was attended by the members of FOSWL which mostly constituted of the elderly who were very keen on learning about Dementia and the factors related to it. There were a total of 50 to 55 FOSWLeans who were present for the session.

Before the commencement of the session there was a fellowship greet and meet where tea, coffee and snacks were served. Soon after, everyone settled in the lecture hall and the dignitaries were invited to dais. The dignitaries present were the FOWSL President, Mr.Venkateswararao Tipirneni; Vice president, FOSWL Mr. Rambabu Moturu and the Distinguished Speaker, Dr Suvarna Alladi. The meeting commenced after a small prayer and welcome address by the president Mr Venkateshwara Rao.

Dr Suvarana Alladi presented the talk on "What is Dementia"which included the detailed aspects of Memory, Dementia and its causes. She aptly explained the risk factors, age factors and genetic factors influencing memory loss and how memory can be improved. She explained the measures and prevention of memory loss as well as the risk factors at length which was very impactful on the audience present. She then gave an overview of the function and role of the Memory Clinic at NIMS in the diagnosis and treatment of cognitive disorders. Concluding the segment, Dr Suvarna, spoke about the factors that can reduce the risk of developing Dementia like Mental and Physical exercises, Nutrition, Multilingualism, Antioxidants and control of vascular risk factors. She emphasized on the dual and composite role of medical treatment and supportive care for persons with dementia.

After the first segment pertaining to Dementia, Dr Suvarna Alladi explained in detail, the services offered by ARDSI Hyderabad Deccan Chapter and its functions. She provided the guests with a detailed insight regarding services ARDSI provides to its patients, like day care with personal center plan, home visits, care givers meetings, care givers training and support, counseling etc.

Following this, there was an interactive Questions &Answers segment conducted with the audience and Dr Suvarna so as to provide them with information to the best of her knowledge.

This was followed by a FOSWLean reading out a poem composed by him and finally FOSWL Secretary, Mr. Subhas Chandra Bose T adjourned the session with a Vote of thanks.