Alzheimer’s And Related Disorders Society of India (ARDSI) Calcutta Chapter is a registered NGO (S. Regtn No – SO098648) under the West Bengal Societies Registration Act and the only specialized Dementia organisation in the whole of eastern region of the country. This organization provides care and support for people living with Dementia and their caregivers.
The society was conceptualized by Smt. Shefali Chaudhury in September 1999 on World Alzheimer’s Day. In her mid- eighties then, she wanted the society to reach out to hundreds of families who had a loved one with dementia at home just like her. Her daughter, Deepika lived with Alzheimer’s.
The members of ARDSI Calcutta comprise of family care givers of persons with dementia, professional caregivers, specialized dementia care experts, eminent doctors, including practicing neurologists, psychiatrists, neuro-psychologists and geriatricians, professionals from different fields, eminent personalities from various walks of the society, social workers and persons having compassion and passion for working for those living with Dementia.
At the beginning, the society was mainly an information dissemination hub. Over years various activities and programs have been added. The dementia population accounts for 8.8 million in India today. This number will increase to 17 million by 2036 according to a joint study by AIIMS Delhi & University of Southern California.
With the epidemic knocking at our doors, our aim is to reach each and every citizen of our society and make them ‘dementia literate’ with at least the first level of knowledge.
This line(+91 08232014540) operates 6 days a week for 6 hrs a day by a trained person. It addresses issues related to care, treatment and referrals.
If you think you, a parent or a loved one are showing signs of decline in cognitive abilities, we encourage you to take this assessment test by clicking the button below:
If you are caring for someone living with dementia there are many ways we can help with a comprehensive range of services aimed at holistic dementia management. In dementia management, ARDSI Calcutta considers dementia as a condition of life and not a disease only.
Testimonials are powerful unbiased voices of real people that are powerful to prove our worth and credibility. They speak about the work we do as an organization and the impact of it on the community.
Here are some of them that have come from families who use our services, and donors who trust our work.
My mother loves to visit the Day Care offered by ARDSI Calcutta and it keeps her engaged and busy. The care givers are very warm and give individual attention to her.
I finally found some help in caregiving for my father. So thankful for ARDSI Calcutta companionship programme! I feel assured that my father has a trusted friend in his home companion, Srijani, even when I am traveling.
ARDSI was recommended to me by my mother's doctor. It was pure stroke of good luck that I called up Nilanjana Maulik’s no and immediately I was introduced to the various ways in which ARDSI helps dementia patients and their family. Apart from doing an initial assessment of my mother, the Companionship program gives an immense help to the patient and relief to the caregivers as well. This has helped my mother immensely and also to us, her caregivers. So, a big thank you ARDSI.
ARDSI Calcutta Chapter এ গিয়ে নেপাল বাবু আমার husband খুব ভালো আছেন। ওনার অনেক improve হয়েছে। আমরা খুব খুশী।
My husband was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2021. Apart from his memory related issues he was always anxious, jittery and even aggressive at times. He was finding it difficult to trust even my daughters and me. There were times when he failed to recognize our house and would spend hours roaming outside. We were at our wits end. Repeated visits to psychiatrists and neuro-psychiatrists did not resolve the issue. At this very low point in our lives we discovered ARDSI through Dr Pooviah. My husband has been visiting the centre regularly for the past three months, and we have noticed remarkable changes in his behaviour. He is calmer now. There hasn’t been any episode of violent outburst. His cognitive skills have improved significantly. I have personally interacted with the staff and secretary of this centre and I feel that it is a safe and secure environment, a second home for such patients. The patients are treated with warmth and respect. Such patients need to be dealt with a lot of patience and tact and the ARDSI have these traits in abundance. My husband enjoys his sessions here and he is always looking forward to his visit. I really appreciate you and thank you for your care, service and dedication for such a challenging job.
Providing financial support to ARDSI Calcutta will give you the chance to establish or expand programs and services in the communities that are essential for families coping with this disease. So, kindly enable ARDSI Calcutta to advance initiatives, develop new services, research best care practices, and identify and replicate high quality programs that ultimately will benefit the entire Alzheimer’s community.