TRAINING AND AWARENESS PROGRAMMES
With the objective of equipping professionals to implement rehabilitative programs for people with Parkinson’s (PwPs) and thus reaching out to those unreached, the PDMDS carries out capacity building training programs and workshops. A range of stakeholders are targeted, such as medical professionals, allied health care professionals, nurses, students, community health workers, as well as people with Parkinson’s.
Continuing Medical Education (CME) training programs are held for medical practitioners, physicians and neurologists.
Allied health professionals
Physiotherapists, Occupational therapists, psychologists etc. are given training on Parkinson’s disease and its rehabilitation techniques.
Auxiliary Nursing students
Nurses play an important role in the management of Parkinson’s especially in the advanced stages. Therefore the PDMDS conducts training for nursing students on how to treat and handle Parkinson’s patients.
Community workers are trained to assist therapists in the rehabilitation of people with Parkinson’s and other neurological conditions.
The PDMDS trains and develops human resources to provide services at the multidisciplinary Support Centres.
In 2017-2018, the PDMDS reached out to over 4,60,000 people through various awareness and sensitization events such as unity walks, marathon participation, educational talks, fundraising events, sensitization talks on healthy ageing and a large scale fundraising awareness events
Awareness and Sensitization
With the increase in the number of elderly people, the incidence of neurological conditions is on the rise. An important objective of the PDMDS has been to spread awareness about Parkinson’s disease, as little is known about this condition amongst the masses. Thus, the PDMDS has focussed on sensitizing people in various ways.
The PDMDS provides sensitization and educational programs about neurological conditions in the elderly population, particularly dementia, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and stroke so as to promote healthy ageing. This has also enabled the organization to reach out to those PwPs and their families who may not have access to multidisciplinary care for their condition. This can result in early diagnosis, better care and management and reduce the impact of the burden of these conditions on the patient and their family.
During 2018 – 19, the PDMDS carried out 53 large scale capacity building programmes and nearly 300 training workshops locally in the centres across India. Through these, 1715 people were trained.