Lack of awareness and understanding of dementia in our country has resulted in stigmatization, barriers to diagnosis and care, impacting care givers, families and society psychologically and economically. Nightingales Medical Trust has taken various initiatives towards dementia awareness and advocacy such as: Mobile Memory Screening, Online Memory Screening, Training, Expert Talks, Road shows, etc.
We are constantly working with the government, policy-makers, and other stakeholders in addressing the impact of dementia as an increasing threat to global health. We hope that our efforts will help place dementia as a public health and social care priority nationwide.
We also observe major events and special days relevant to the care of the elderly and persons with Dementia.
Dementia Friends Movement is the biggest ever initiative to change people’s perceptions of dementia. It aims to transform the way the world thinks, acts and talks about the condition.
The Dementia Friends program is a global movement started by the Alzheimer's Society of England and Wales. Over the years, this movement has grown to have over 17 million Dementia Friends around the world and more than 50 Dementia Friends Programs in over 45 countries.
Dementia Friends are those who learn about the disease, challenge misconceptions, create awareness and help people with Dementia in their communities. Dementia Friends can identify those with Dementia in their circles and encourage them to seek medical advice. They spend time with persons with Dementia and advise families on the care needed. Dementia Friends can also help create support groups and get involved through volunteering, campaigning or wearing a badge to raise awareness.
Nightingales is pleased to partner with the Alzheimer's and Related Disorders Society of India (ARDSI) in creating and conducting awareness programs about Dementia.