Helping Fight Dementia With ‘Dignity’

Published: 22nd December 2014 06:03 AM  |   Last Updated: 22nd December 2014 06:03 AM   |  A+A-


CHENNAI: Recognising the efforts of Dignity Foundation’s Dementia Day Care Centre as ‘one of a kind’, former national security advisor and governor of West Bengal MK Narayanan called for a worldwide united fight against Dementia, at a function to mark the fifth anniversary of the centre here recently.

“The Chennai Chapter of Dignity Foundation has made Herculean efforts. It is not easy to give time and efforts especially when the patients themselves are unable to recognise you,” Narayanan said, while lauding K Radhakrishnan, director of the not-for-profit NGO’s Chennai Chapter.  There are 125 million senior citizens in India and roughly 3.7 million are afflicted with dementia — a disorder which causes a gradual decrease in the ability to think. Dignity Foundation’s dementia centre supports 20 senior citizens in Chennai by offering person to person care on a daily basis.

Narayanan said that the biggest challenge faced by such NGOs ‘which do yeoman service’ was a tremendous cash crunch. From his bureaucratic days, he recalled that a major portion of the funds allocated to the Ministry of Social Justice was left unused. “We must whole-heartedly support such organisations,” he said, handing out an impromptu `500 note as a donation. Radhakrishnan said that patients at the centre were charged `6,000 per month, which covered only 30 per cent of the costs. “We provide pick up service in the morning and organise public sessions where they are given an opportunity to mingle,” he said.

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