ARDSI Calcutta chapter was registered in West Bengal in May, year 2000 and is under ARDSI National which is the only dementia-specific specialised non-government and non-profit social organisation in India, which is affiliated to the London-based global umbrella Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI). ARDSI has 20 chapters across the country.
ARDSI Calcutta 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 was affected with Alzheimer’s in her mid fifties.
The members of ARDSI Calcutta comprise family care givers of persons with Dementia, professional care givers, 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 the elders and those inflicted by Dementia. ARDSI Calcutta, thus, is endowed with a rich multi-directional expertise and experience devoted to its mission.
The chapter has been adjudged the “Best Chapter” in India twice.
Our mission is to create widespread awareness and acceptance of Dementia throughout Eastern India via continued education, advocacy & services.
Our vision is to see an enhanced quality of life for those living with Dementia and their caregivers.
Nilanjana Maulik has triple Masters in Sociology/Social Anthropology, Management of Human Services and Dementia Studies. She also has specialization in End-of-Life Care from Stanford School of Medicine along with being an International Master Practitioner of Spark of Life Philosophy from Dementia Care International, Australia.
Nilanjana is currently the Secretary General of ARDSI – the Alzheimer’s and Related Disorders Society of India, Calcutta Chapter and since 1999 have been a part of building ARDSI Calcutta into what many would regard as India’s leading dementia support organization.
She has initiated several activities and services by being directly involved in Awareness building to Care Counseling and running various programs like Training Caregivers, Daycare and Home care.
She has been awarded the “Best Dementia Care Worker” nationally and also brought the “Best Chapter” award twice for ARDSI Calcutta.
Her goal is to find ways to improve the life of Persons living with dementia and their families, and to elevate dementia care in India in coming years.