The event was advertised in a local tabloid and one look at the large turnout comprising people mostly in their sixties, seventies and eighties was proof of the interest evinced in the topic addressed: ‘Aging Brain Awareness Program’ by a Geriatric Physician and a leading Neurologist. The lady’s lucid exposition with a pp on Understang Alzheimer’s disease was well comprehended even by a lay (read non medical) person. The Geriatric Physician who spoke mostly in Tamil addressed problems related to aging and how they should be handled by the family members and care givers. The contents of the hand out (in the form of six small cards) include among others Symptoms of the disease ,its Prevention and Myths vs. Reality. In the interaction that followed a few among the audience who had a parent suffering from AD sought the advice of the doctors as how they can be better care givers. To answer her query the Neurologist referred to an article she read about a care giver who wrote saying when the patient was treated like a five year old, it made both their lives easy.
The event was got up to celebrate WAD which fell on the 21st.September.
n.meera raghavendra rao