Inspired by the theme of this year's World Alzheimer's Month, the Caregivers Meeting was made an interactive session centered on the topic "Dementia: Living Together". The meeting has begun with a welcome note by Ms. Bala Tripura Sundari, the Joint Secretary of ARDSI-Hyd-Deccan and was followed by screening of a short-film on
dementia- "Burden of Love". Ms. Bala gave a brief introduction on the topic of the meeting initiating the interactive session where the caregivers shared their experiences voluntarily.
One of the caregiver shared her experiences on how her husband went missing and was found again with the help of ARDSI-Hyd-Deccan members and how much trust she has in the organization. Mr. Shashidhar, Treasurer of ARDSI, had then explained why it is important to share with neighbors and family about the disease of the family member and how it would be useful in certain situations otherwise which the consequence could be that the person is lost. This had triggered off a discussion on advantages of sharing of personal issues like dementia with neighbors, social stigma attached to it and apprehension on societal reaction.
This was followed by addressing the queries of caregivers by Mr. Shashidhar and Ms. Bala who also empathized with the participants and strongly emphasized on sharing the situation of the family member with others in the society and its advantages. The interactive session was then concluded noting that some awareness about dementia in the society and public servants like police would help reduce stigma attached to it and finding such people would be easier when lost.
"Twelve Steps for Caregivers", a special edition bookmark for the year
2012 was read out by the caregivers one each which goes as follows:
The Caregivers Meeting was then ended with a Thank you note by Ms. Bala.
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