Delhi Chapter of Alzheimer’s & Related Disorders of Society of India (ARDSI) was formed in 1994.
ARDSI is a non-profit organization run entirely by volunteers and supported by a small secretariat.
It is the first Afro-Asian National Dementia Organization to get full membership of Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI), London (U.K.).
ARDSI (DC) today has 107 Life Members and 25 active volunteers. The Society is guided by a 14 member Governing Body which includes eminent doctors and neurologists.
At present there are 20 chapters in India:
Assam, Bangalore, Calicut, Chennai, Coimbatore, Jaipur, Goa, Hyderabad, Kochi, Kolkata, Kottayam, Karnataka, Lucknow, Mumbai, Maharashtra, Manipur, New Delhi, Pathnamthitta, Thiruvananthpuram and Thrissur.
In October 2001, the Delhi Chapter started a Helpline. This was in response to family members of AD patients seeking help. A panel of Consultants/Counsellors including doctors and neurologists was formed to diagnose, advise, counsel and provide relevant information to callers on-line. A memory clinic was opened simultaneously, within the department of Neurology at AIIMS followed by another at Ram ManoharLohia (RML) Hospital. Patients seeking help and advice were referred by ARDSI to these clinics for memory testing and treatment.
Spectrum of services Provided by ARDSI-Delhi Chapter
This is our key base which leads to requirements of patients and their family members. Calls are received everyday and are documented for the types of help required viz; counselling/screening/appointments/Volunteers Home visits etc.
- Awareness Generation
Creation of awareness is done in many ways:
- Interactive talks at Residents Welfare Associations’s, Foras, Clubs, Old Age Homes, Senior Citizens Association, Universities, Colleges, School etc.
- Distribution of Literature on Alzheimer
- Website Updation
- Radio/TV talks
- Memory Walks
- Street Plays
- Memory Screening
It is conducted at various foras, Old Age Homes, as a response referred to AIIMS/RML hospital or during home visits.
- Free Medicines
These are distributed free to needy patients as per doctor’s from AIIMS/RML Hospital prescription.
- Home Visits
These are made as a follow up of Help Line on the request of family members of patients.
- Support Group Meetings
These are meeting of family members, volunteers and subject experts to share experience and peer learning.
- Caregivers/ Volunteers Training
Family caregivers are trained on the do’s and don’ts of care giving and also skills required to handle different behavioural aspects of the patients. Professional caregivers undergo two months course which enables them to gain employment with the families of patients while volunteers are trained on existing and new developments on Alzheimer by experts.
- Day Care Centres
There was a great demand to have a Day Care Centre from the families of the Dementia/Alzheimer’s patients.
We are glad to inform that a Day Care Centre has been opened at the following address:-
ARDSI – Delhi Chapter
RZ- 62/9, Tughlakabad Extension
Panchvati, (Near Tara Apartments)
New Delhi- 110019
(Tele No.: 29994940, 64533663)
Since this is a Day Care Centre, patients are required to reach the centre by 10:00 a.m. and leave by 4:30 p.m. We have arranged transport to pick up and drop the patients. They are required to bring their own lunch which is served to them by our staff. We provide the patients morning and evening tea and snacks.
Under our franchise, Centre For Holistic Centre Medicine Research and Development, Faridabad has also established a Chronic care dementia facility where we are providing supervisory/technical support for running the centre. This is a “Pay and Stay” facility. Dementia patients can be admitted in the centre for care. The Centre also provides facility for day care. The address is as follows:
Day Care/Respite Centre For Dementia Patients
Plot – A28/C, Sector – 11,
Behind Shani Mandir, Faridabad
Mobile No .: 9868902040, 9868902010
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