NIMHANS in Collaboration with Government of Karnataka celebrated Senior Citizens Day on 4 October 2017. Hon’ble Minister, Mrs Umashree, Department of Women and Child Development and Department for Empowerment of Differently Abled and Senior Citizens inaugurated the State Resource Centre for Senior Citizens on 4 October 2017.
Pensioners of NIMHANS and volunteers from Senior Citizens Forum and Students of Nursing College, NIMHANS participated in the function.
Doctors and Social Workers from Geriatric Clinic and Services visited Gandhi Oldage Home, Kadabgere Cross, Magadi Main road and created awareness about health problems of elderly, social welfare schemes available for senior citizens and NALSA scheme for senior Citizens on 26 September 2017.
SANSCOG team of NIMHANS in association with Karnataka State Legal Service Authority and State Level Resource Centre for Senior Citizens jointly organized a half-day programme on Dementia and other Psychosocial needs of Senior Citizens on 25 October 2017 at KT Halli, Dalasnur, Srinivaspura Taluk, Kolar District, Karnataka.
The awareness programme covered various topics: Alzheimers’ Disease, signs and symptoms and treatment, initiatives of NIMHANS to promoting the wellbeing of Senior Citizens in Karnataka with the support of Karnataka State Legal Service Authority and State Level Resource Centre for Senior Citizens. The programme ended with the vote of thanks for all the participants, panchayath official, ASHA workers.
Similar awareness programs on Alzheimer’s disease and Healthy ageing have been conducted in 14 villages of Dalasanur Primary Health Centre area. More than 500 participants have attended these programs. Information leaflets, videos and interactive sessions were also used in these programs to promote awareness.
Department of Psychiatric Social Work, NIMHANS, Geriatric Clinic and Services, NIMHANS, Karnataka State Legal Service Authority and State Level Resource Centre for Senior Citizens jointly organized a half-day programme for Senior Citizen on Psychosocial Care for Senior Citizens on 08 November 2017 at Department of Psychiatric Social Work. The programme was inaugurated by Dr Ali Kwaja, Chairman of Banjara Academy. He spoke about healthy ageing. Volunteers from Helping Hand Bengaluru, Counsellors from Prasanna Counselling Centre, Representatives from Karnataka Counsellors’ Forum and Kites participated in this programme. Trainees of Psychiatric Social Work also participated in this sensitization Programme.
NIMHANS and Banjara academy organized half-day seminar on Mental Health Problems in Elderly and Healthy Ageing for counsellors and volunteers on Friday 9th March from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm. There were 70 participants. Many volunteers expressed interest in supporting the cause of promoting “Senior Citizen Friendly Karnataka”.
NIMHANS has been celebrating National Science Day for the past few years in the month of February. During this event all the departments of NIMHANS displayed information through brochures, videos, poster exhibition and interactive sessions were promoted on various issues related to Mental health and Neurosciences. Thousands of School children and general public attended this program and interacted with health professionals and scientists. Demonstration on brain structure and function including exhibition of brain specimens helped creating awareness about brain function and related disorders. These programs contribute in a significant manner for addressing the stigma related to mental health problems.
As part of the observation of ‘International Day of Yoga 2018’, ‘Yoga for Healthy Ageing’ program was conducted on the 28th of June, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. This programme was organized by NIMHANS, Karnataka State Legal Services Authority and Karnataka State Resource Centre for Senior Citizens, Government of Karnataka as part of the Implementation of ‘National Legal Services Authority (Legal Services to Senior Citizens), Scheme 2016’ in Karnataka. Hon’ble Judge, Smt. Uma MG, Member Secretary, Karnataka State Legal Services Authority was the chief guest for the programme.
Dr. Hariprasad VR, was invited to give a talk on “Yoga for Healthy Ageing”, followed by Yoga demonstration by the Yoga therapists Ms. Raksha and Dr Vinod from the NIMHANS Integrated Centre for Yoga. All the participants performed the Yoga – Asanas and meditation practice along with the instructions.
A sensitization programme for senior citizens, members of the Dignity Foundation, Bangalore was conducted on the 11th of July, 2018, in collaboration with the Dignity Foundation, NIMHANS, Karnataka State Legal Services Authority and Karnataka State Resource Centre for Senior Citizens, Government of Karnataka as a part of the ‘Implementation of National Legal Services Authority (Legal Services to Senior Citizens), Scheme 2016, in Karnataka’. The programme was organized by the Dignity Found Centre, Jayanagar, Bangalore. 30 senior citizens participated in the programme. Sensitization of senior citizens towards various schemes, policies and welfare benefits and awareness regarding mental health issues in elderly was conducted by the NIMHANS team.
A sensitization programme was conducted at Sandhya Deepa Old Age Home, Uttarahalli, Bangalore on the 15th of July, 2018. This programme was conducted in Collaboration with NIMHANS, Karnataka State Legal Services Authority and Karnataka State Resource Centre for Senior Citizens, Government of Karnataka as a part of the ‘Implementation of National Legal Services Authority (Legal Services to Senior Citizens), Scheme 2016, in Karnataka’ and Vistara KIDS Club. Focus Group Discussion on various topics including Health issues in elderly, mental health issues in elderly, infrastructure, existing Govt. services for elderly and financial issues in elderly were conducted.
A survey of 15 Old Age Home in Bangalore was conducted between the 18th and 23rd of July, 2018 by the NIMHANS team as a part of the ‘Implementation of NALSA (Legal Services to Senior Citizens) Scheme 2016 in Karnataka programme. The survey was conducted to identify the issues related to senior citizens such as provision of health care, welfare schemes, funding for the old age home, visit by a medical professional, availability of free medication and awareness of helpline numbers for elderly. The report of the survey was presented at the Second Advisory Board Meeting.
NIMHANS team participated in the ‘Senior Citizen Health Camp organized by Department for Empowerment of Different Abled and Senior Citizens held from 28th August – 31st August, 2018. The programme involved health screening and distribution on medical equipments to senior citizens.
Sports day for senior citizens was organized by the Department for Empowerment of Different Citizens and Senior Citizens on the 4th of September, 2018 in observing the ‘International Day of Older Persons’. NIMHANS team for ‘Implementation of NALSA (Legal Services to Senior Citizens) Scheme 2016 in Karnataka participated in organizing the event with the Department for Empowerment of Different Citizens and Senior Citizens and Association with Youth Empowerment and Sports Department.
Intergenerational bonding is one of the important components of the ‘Age Friendly Karnataka’ programme. In observing this theme appeal letter to support the campaign has been sent out to various schools in the 8 BBMP zones of Bangalore. Several schools have shown willingness in supporting the campaign. The sensitization programme was held in one of the schools in South Bangalore on the 6th of September, 2018. Forty eight students of class VIII and class IX were sensitized about health issues related to elderly and various welfare schemes that are available for elderly. The session was interactive with many students and teachers raising queries and providing inputs.
The caregiver education programme for families of persons with mental illness is conduced jointly by Geriatric Clinic & Services and ‘Age Friendly Karnataka’ programme on the 1st and 4th Saturday of every month.
The first programme was conducted on the 4th of August, 2018. A group of family members seeking help for their loved ones with dementia from the in-patient and outpatient care of geriatric clinic and services attended the group. The group is conducted to evaluate the understanding and knowledge of family caregivers about dementia and to educate the families on various geriatric mental health issues, treatment and care for the person. The session was chaired by Dr. Krishna Prasad and Dr. Mukku Shiva Shanker Reddy. The second programme was conducted on the 25th of August, 2018. The agenda of the session was ‘management of challenging behavior among elderly (specifically caregivers of elderly with dementia and psychosis), the session was chaired by Dr. Srikala Bharath. The third group was conducted on the 1st of September, 2018, with an agenda to assess the challenges of caregivers in providing home based care and to elicit the existing care patterns used by them, making the house elderly friendly and improving activities of daily living. The session was chaired by Dr. Thirumoorthy, Dr. Krishna Prasad and Dr. Sai Sudha.