17

Million Dementia Friends Worldwide

45

Countries

1470

Dementia Friends in India

5

Institutions Joined

Who are Dementia Friends?

Dementia Friends are those who learn about the disease, challenge misconceptions, create awareness and help preople 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.

Dementia Friends India Ambassador 

    Javagal Srinath, former Indian Cricketer and current ICC referee, is the Campaign Ambassador for this movement in India.

What do
Dementia Friends
do?

SHOUT IT OUT

Dementia Friends share about Dementia whenever, wherever and to whoever they can. They may talk to others about it over coffee, or while plaing a game, or post photos and posts on social media. 

WEAR YOUR BADGE WITH PRIDE

You see someone wearing a purple badge? That's a Dementia Friend. They wear their badge with pride and do not shy away from telling anyone why they wear it. 

CHALLENGE THE STIGMA

Dementia is not a natural part of ageing, it affects more than someone's memory andit is possible to live well with the condition. People shouldn't be afraid to visit a Psychiatrist. And people affected by the condition shouldn't be ashamed to tell others about their experience.

VISIT A PERSON WITH DEMENTIA

There are many elderly persons with Dementia living alone who enjoy visits from a Dementia Friend. Many families too seek a break to run to the store for some personal shopping or running some errands. Dementia Friends step in to help whenever they are needed.

VOLUNTEER FOR DEMENTIA

Nightingales Medical Trust and many other organizations working in the field of Dementia regularly organize events and programs. Dementia Friends lend their time and energies to spread awareness at theses events. 

AND MORE...

There are many more ways that Dementia Friends lend their time, knowledge and energies to change the way the world thinks and acts about Dementia. 

Nightingales Medical Trust

Nightingales Medical Trust (NMT) is a registered not-for-profit organization providing various innovative need-based support systems for the well-being of Senior Citizens and persons with dementia. Our major projects include 98 bed Dementia Care facility, 49 bed Telemedicine enabled Dementia Care facility, 25 bed Residential Dementia Care exclusively for women, 4 Dementia Day Care and 2 Elders Enrichment Centres, 2 Dementia Risk Reduction Programs, Home for Destitute elderly women, Elders Helpline and Jobs 60+.

www.nightingaleseldercare.com

ARDSI

Alzheimer’s and Related Disorders Society of India (ARDSI) is a registered national, non-profit voluntary organization engaged in the care, support, training and research of dementia since it's inception in 1992. ARDSI has been in the forefront to disseminate knowledge about dementia to the public through various forums and is actively involved in developing services for family members, doctors, nurses and social workers and promote research.

www.ardsi.org

ARDSI - Bangalore Chapter

Alzheimer's & Related Disorders Society of India, Bangalore Chapter, is a non-profit organization registered in 2006.  Eminent and committed persons are on the Board as Patrons and committee members. The Chapter strives to generate the necessary awareness and create appropriate support systems for the patients and the care giving family members through networking with other NGOs and governmental agencies. Besides these, we have set up support groups, training of professional caregivers, promoting research, camps for dementia screening, rehabilitation services, subsidizing the cost of care  for needy people with dementia.

www.dementiabangalore.in

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