Kochi to become India’s first ‘dementia-friendly city’
Kochi: Kochi is all set to become India's first 'dementia-friendly city'. The official announcement will be made by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan online on Saturday at CUSAT Science Seminar Hall.
The event will mark the inauguration of dementia clinics and care homes and the launch of the first phase of the Dementia Friendly District programme. The project is jointly implemented by the Ernakulam District Administration and the Kochi Corporation under Udbodh, a project of the Centre for Neuroscience, University of Science and Technology.
Industry, Law and Coir Minister P. Rajeev will preside over the function. Minister for Social Justice and Higher Education Dr R. Bindu will deliver keynote address. Haibi Eden MP will release the Dementia Friendly Kochi app. Kochi Mayor Adv. M. Anil Kumar will elaborate on “Dementia friendly Kochi”.
Ernakulam MLA T.J. Vinod, Ernakulam District Collector Jafar Malik IAS, Kalamassery Municipal Chairperson Seema Kannan, Vice Chancellor Dr. K.N. Dr. Madhusoodanan, Pro-Vice Chancellor; P.G. Dr. Sankaran, Registrar; V. Dr. Meera, Director, Centre for Neuroscience Dr P.S. Baby Chakrapani and Syndicate member K K. Krishnakumar, Kochi Corporation Standing Committee member Sheeba Lal, Kochi Municipal Corporation Ward Member Mini Vivera and Kochi Downtown Rotary Club President Sujatha Madhav Chandran will address the function.
The project aims to raise awareness about the growing condition of dementia in the state, to improve the living conditions of those with the condition, and to provide special training to their caregivers and relatives to care for them, thereby making them part of the community.