Dementia Day Care

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Dementia Day Care

Dementia is a progressive brain dysfunction that affects memory, thinking, behaviour and ability to perform everyday activities. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type of dementia. After age 65, the likelihood of developing dementia roughly doubles every five years.

India has an estimated 4.4 million Persons with Dementia but very negligible support systems. Dementia is overwhelming not only for the people who have it, but also for their caregivers and families. There is lack of awareness and understanding of dementia, resulting in stigmatization, barriers to diagnosis and care, and impacting caregivers, families and societies physically, psychologically and economically.

Dignity Dementia Day Care service started in 2004. This the only day care in a big city like Mumbai which takes care of people afflicted with Dementia. We have one centre in Mumbai - at Byculla and one at Chennai.

The aim of the centre is to provide a stimulating and conducive environment where the persons with Dementia can benefit from various occupational therapies and tender care with a good amount of rest and relaxation. The thrust is on therapeutic and remedial activities. The centre also provides tremendous relief to family members / care givers and time to do their own work as taking care of persons with dementia is a 24/7 responsibility and causes a lot of stress.

The centre has trained staff that includes a GP on call, a Psychologist, a Social Worker and trained attendants. The members come from different socio economic backgrounds and are in different stages of Dementia.

Dementia Centre Contact Details :

Mumbai
Dementia Daycare Centre
Timing ( 10AM - 4 PM ) Monday - Friday.
Address
11-A Ground Floor, Byculla Service Industries Premises,
Dadajee Khondeo Road
Byculla East, Mumbai 400027
Phone- 022-65133848
Chennai Chapter
Dignity Dementia Day Care Centre
Timing ( 10AM - 4 PM ) Monday - Friday.
Address
New no.132, Old no.52A,
AK Block, 7th Main road, Anna Nagar.
Landmark: Behind Sundaram Foundation
Phone- 044-2449 3165
Email- Chennaidignity@rediffmail.com

Mr. Sridhar Sahukar*, tall fair and heavy was diagnosed with dementia in the year 2011. He stays with his son, daughter in law and grand children at Tardeo. His son who is Doctor was at times not able to manage him due to his aggression. He would hit people, spit on them and verbally abuse them. In order to prevent him from hurting himself he was locked up in his own bedroom.

Bringing him to centre was a big challenge for the caretakers because of his conflicts with other members. A private caretaker also accompanied him because the family knew that it was difficult to handle him during his aggression.

Regularly coming to the centre for past few months he now looks forward for his daily routine. At times he demands the care taker to dress him up so that he can enjoy the journey in his van. He is hesitant to take part in exercise and games but likes to sit in his fixed place and watch everybody. Most of his talk revolves around his siblings and his past profession. He interacts with other members and show lot of care and concern for others. Occasionally one would also notices him playing carrom or with the ball. He appreciates group singing and likes to speak in Konkani

Consistency, continuity and routine have helped him overcome his aggressive traits. Having people around to continuously talk to, provides the much needed catharsis and emotional security. Recently he celebrated his 90th birthday at the centre.

(*name changed)