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Dementia awareness raising program for Nasik Police on the occasion of Kumbh-Mela 2015

– by Mangal Kardile (Founder – Mental Health Aims)

About 15 lecture series program has been completed about - Dementia awareness raising and its significance to Kumbh-Mela for all Nasik city Police stations including Riot control unit between 16 July’15 to 04 August’15.

 
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Dementia awareness raising program for Nasik Police on the occasion of Kumbh-Mela 2015
- by Mangal Kardile (Founder - Mental Health Aims)

*The Story behind Kumbh-Mela

The holy water Amrit had to be protected from the demons. The messengers of gods had to hide it at different places namely Patallok (below the earth surface), Swargalok (heaven) and Mrutyulok (on the earth surface). They were on the earth (Mrutyulok) for twelve days of demigods which is equal to twelve years of earth for them. The gods stayed on the earth with the Amrut for twelve years. Therefore, the Kumbh Mela is celebrated every 12 years at four places where drops of Amrut had fallen, namely Ujjain, Haridwar, Nasik and Prayag.

The upcoming Kumbh Mela at Nashik will be celebrated this year in 2015. The festival has been started from 14th July and will continue for a year. The main events are the holy bathing days called "Shaahi Snaan" where over 10 million people would gather on the particular day to take holy dip in sacred river - Godavari. The holy bathing days would be 26, 29th August and 13, 18, 25th September 2015. Unfortunately many old, disabled people are left behind purposely by taking the advantage of gigantic crowd.

*The need for the awareness raising -

Unfortunately, there are reports from last Kumbh Melas, in Nasik (1989, 2001), Haridwar (2010), Allahabad (2001, 2013), Ujjain (2001), abandoning thousands of elder people from all over India. Reports listed as follows-

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2013/02/130223-culture-travel-religion-india-maha-kumbh-mela-world-women-widow-hindu-festival/,

http://voices.nationalgeographic.com/2013/01/26/kumbh-mela-2013-lost-and-found/

http://www.hinduismtoday.com/blogs-news/hindu-press-international/kumbha-mela-s-brutal-side----hundreds-of-old-women-abandoned/277.html.

I had an opportunity to talk about it with our Nasik Police officers those attended the abandoned elderly in the last Nasik Kumbh Mela held in 2001, and interacted about issues involved while relocating and re-uniting the abandoned elder population, and giving shelter for those who could not be re-united.
The most disturbing fact for me as a mental health professional is nobody has attempted to understand that why any elder person is unable to tell their residential address and why the elderly has forgotten his/her name?

The elder abuse and abandonment happening in every other Kumbh-Mela festival has not been addressed meticulously, which has now become a pattern of taking elders along to Kumbh-Mela, with a purpose to abandon.

India is aging rapidly. The current population of India is over 1.2 billion and the ageing population over 60 years is 109 million, will be above 300 million by the year 2050. At present the elder populations above 65 outnumber the young children (0-4) and by the year 2050 it will outnumber the young population (below 15 years). The constant decline in birth rate and increased longevity shows rapid increase in the violation of rights of older population. Unfortunately there is no much awareness or willingness to understand the clinical, legal or social aspects concerning the aging population.

*Dementia awareness raising program for Nasik Police

Learning about dementia and spreading awareness regarding Dementia is necessary for all of us. And the necessity of being knowledgeable about how the awareness could help in one's profession could further enhance its magnitude. Based on these conclusions the 15 lecture series program has been completed about "Dementia awareness raising and its significance to Kumbh-Mela" for all Nasik city Police stations including Riot control unit between 16 July' 15 to 04 August' 15. The sessions were interactive and it has helped us reaching out to a large audience in a few days, delivering important information regarding Dementia before Kumbh-Mela event.
Available staff on duty including the senior staff of the concerned police station was present.

The 30 to 45 min lecture covered the topics regarding understanding normal human brain structures and its significance to the functionality. Understanding what is Dementia and brief knowledge about its various types. What is Mental Stress and how it is linked with "Vascular Dementia", the only Dementia type which is at present under human control. How dementia awareness raising is linked with Kumbh-Mela event, and how this knowledge might help the police department to handle the lost and/or abandoned population in the Kumbh-mela event.

*Special poster has been designed by giving cues for the police department for investigating people who have "forgetfulness" as a prominent symptom. The concerned poster has been displayed in each Police station.

*Dementia awareness lecture series program and the poster presentation have been carried out by Mangal Kardile (Founder- Mental Health Aims) understanding the "Social Responsibility" as a mental health professional.

 
 
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