Published on September 23rd, 20130
Observing World Alzheimer’s Day in Mumbai
Two Mumbai-based NGOs and a college held events for senior citizens at Borivli and Malad on Saturday. Here’s a roundup.
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If more opportunities are provided for senior citizens to not just meet others of their age group, but also those much younger than them, the results can be electric.
This was amply demonstrated in Borivli and Malad on Saturday, September 21, as the Silver Innings Foundation and the Mumbai Chapter of the ARDSI held interactive events and talks for senior citizens at Nani Nani Park, Borivli, and St Thomas Orthodox Church, Malad. Over 450 elders participated in both events, and responded warmly and positively to the informative talks, street plays by Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) students, memory checkup sessions and the final laughter therapy session. “More than 50 per cent of the attendees were women,” said Sailesh Mishra of Silver Innings. “We even had brain games for them. Overall, both sessions were about 1.5 hours long.”
He added that the key collaborators on the events – Pushpa Ma Foundation and the Church – were excellent partners to have for the project. “The community, especially the church support for such awareness [of Alzheimer’s and dementia] will make a huge impact,” Sailesh explained. “More such spiritual organisations should be involved in India for creating awareness of social issues. It becomes easier for outreach.”
See pics of the events below:
The Metrognome has partnered with Silver Innings and ARDSI for Alzheimer’s Awareness month for all of September 2013. If you want to share information, event details or a personal anecdote related to dementia and Alzheimer’s, please send it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will feature it.