‘DSGIA’ launched to create awareness for Dementia

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To create awareness for dementia and to remove the stigma and shame attached with this disease, Dementia Support Group for Indian Australians Inc (DSGIA) was launched on October 27,  2017 at the Consulate General of India, Sydney premises.

Dementia – A term for a decline in mental ability severe enough to interfere with daily life. Dementia is not a specific disease. It’s an overall term that describes a wide range of symptoms associated with a decline in memory or other thinking skills severe enough to reduce a person’s ability to perform everyday activities. Alzheimer’s disease accounts for 60 to 80 percent of cases. Vascular dementia, which occurs after a stroke, is the second most common dementia type. But there are many other conditions that can cause symptoms of dementia, including some that are reversible, such as thyroid problems and vitamin deficiencies.

Consulate General of India, Sydney and Dementia Support Group for Indian Australian Inc in collaboration with Federation of Indian Associations of NSW Inc held the first this Dementia Forum. The event was attended by over 120 people and had an overwhelming response from the community

B. Vanlalvawna- Consul General of India in Sydney opened the event and stressed on the need for creating awareness for dementia.

Guest of Honour- David Clarke, Member of the Legislative Council and Parliamentary Secretary for Justice, spoke very eloquently about the rising numbers of people living with dementia and need for support for carers.

Reena Jethi- Councillor of Hills Shire Council spoke about the much needed support for families caring for their loved ones with dementia.

The forum was attended by  various guests, distinguished community leaders, various media partners and community members.

Dementia Support Group for Indian Australians Inc (DSGIA) is the first of its kind of support groups in India.

Anju Kalra- Founder and President of DSGIA, as one of the keynote speakers said  that DSGIA aims to provide support to people living with dementia and their carers by advising them of referral pathways and by working in a collaborative manner with various community groups.

Other presenters at the Dementia Forum were Susan McCarthy, from Dementia Australia, Cecilia Milani, from Partners in Culturally Appropriate Care,  Terrie Leoleos from Ethnic Communities Council of NSW  and Dr Manish Bhutada presented on Oral Challenges and Solutions.The moderator of the forum was Dr Yadu Singh.

The presentations were followed  by a panel discussion  and the panellists include Anju Kalra, Susan McCarthy,  Cecilia Milani, Prof. Nihal Agar- Chairman of Hindu Council of Australia Agar,  Zahid Jamil Public Officer of South Asian Muslim Association of Australia, Harinder Kaur – President of Harmon Foundation; Jay Raman – Vice President of Sri Om Foundation.

The forum was closed by a vote of thanks by Anju Kalra.

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