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.
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.
In 2022-23, PDMDS reached out to more than 5, 04,521 through various awareness and sensitization events such as marathon participation, educational talks, fundraising events, sensitization talks on healthy ageing and 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 2022-23, the PDMDS carried out 120 training workshops locally in the centres across India and 250 awareness and sensitization meetings across India.