QUEEN’S ROAD:The Bengaluru chapter of Alzheimer’s and Related Disorders Society of India (ARDSI) will organise a ‘reverse walk’ at Freedom Park on Sunday on the occasion of World Alzheimer’s Day. The walk will be flagged off by ex-cricketers Javagal Srinath and Venkatesh Prasad.
The event is organised in association with Nightingales Centre for Ageing and Alzheimer’s and the National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS). This year, the theme for World Alzheimer’s Day is ‘Remember Me’. “Walking backwards symbolises our inability as a community to take the initiative to tackle this emerging epidemic. We would also like to encourage the loved ones of those suffering from dementia to walk with us and recollect the good times they shared with their loved ones. A large number of caregivers, senior citizens and healthcare professionals are expected to participate,” a press note from ARDSI Bengaluru said.
On the day, a memorandum will be submitted to the state government highlighting the things policymakers need to do urgently for the welfare of those suffering from dementia and their caregivers.
During the walk, police personnel who came to the aid of elders in distress will be honoured. Cine artistes Prem and Anu Prabhakar will be part of the programme.