With more people moving away from their homes for better opportunities, today’s families tend to be further apart than ever before. But when the parents living at a distance begin to show signs that they are no longer able to care for themselves or handle the responsibilities of day-to-day living, ensuring their continued well-being can pose a significant challenge for their adult children.
I am working as a Dementia Care Specialist at Samvedna Senior Care. We organize Dementia Support group meetings for caregivers on a monthly basis and invite people from various parts of Delhi-NCR to come discuss, support and share their stories. This meeting is free of charge for dementia care givers.
Support groups are a platform for people going through similar hurdles and concerns in life to get together and share. Their purpose is multifold—exchanging information, sharing experiences and learnings, providing a counsel, lending support and understanding.
Depression has become an increasingly common illness affecting almost 1 in 5 persons. This means that all of us either experience Depression or witness it in someone close to us. When a loved one has Depression, it can be hard not just for the person, but for his or her entire family and friends circle.
This is especially true when we are living with someone who suffers from it. Although, the caregiver role is an important one in the depressed person’s road to recovery, it is a challenging task requiring immense patience and perseverance.
My wife Mrs. Suchismita Roy, M.Sc. (Physiology), B.Ed suffers from Alzheimer’s disease for the last 8 years. She was a brilliant student and a rank holder in Kolkata University B.Sc. & M.Sc. exams. Later on as an educationist she was the Principal of DAV Public School, Ashok Nagar, Ranchi and DAV Kapil Dev Public School, Ranchi and was considered as one of the best principals in the DAV schools in eastern India.
“People with dementia are still people and they still have stories and they still have character and they are all individuals and they are all unique and they just need to be interacted on a human level” – By Cary Mulligan
21st September is World Alzheimer’s Day. To mark this occassion, we at Samvedna have organized two events in association with Paras Hospital, Gurgaon. One is a panel discussion on dementia and the other a caregiver training for family members. We would like to invite you to come be a part of them. Please call us on 9818421446 to know more. Here are the invites –
A caregiver is anyone who provides care and support in daily routine activities to someone because of an ongoing disease or terminal illness. India majorly has an unpaid workforce of caregivers i.e. it is usually the family members who take up the role of nursing their loved ones. Caregiving can be a very rewarding and fruitful experience for quite a few. However, in the quest of serving their loved ones, one tends to overlook the consequences that a complex care giving situation brings with it. Being unprepared for such a role in terms of knowledge and resources can lead to later life issues.
Our dementia support group is a forum for caregivers to connect, share and support in a secure environment. We interact, have expert talks and do fun activities at our meetings. If you want to know more, watch this short video on the support group.
Regardless of one’s age, everyone loves to have fun; and senior citizens with Dementia and Alzheimer’s are no exception. At the second Support Group meeting held on 11th July, the seniors were reminded of that fact that having a good laugh and sharing enjoyable activities can be a wonderful way to stay actively engaged in life.