Activities of the Baroda Parkinsonís Support Centre
Starting from November 1, 2014, the Baroda Centre has been organizing regular meetings on Saturdays for patients and caregivers at the Centre. The inaugural function was attended by more than 80 people among whom there were patients and their family members. Dr. P. Wadia, a neuro-physician from Mumbai explained that Parkinsonís disease is a neurodegenerative disorder, affecting multiple aspects of a personís life, including movement, speech, activities of daily living, and cognition. Dr. Maria Barito explained how by adopting a multidisciplinary treatment approach in group, as well as individual set Ė ups, it is possible to improve the quality of life and the management of various symptoms for those affected.
In the Baroda Centre, the team of doctors led by Dr. Manali Shah follow a multidisciplinary model of care drawing from the scientific fields of Neurology, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy, Diet and Nutrition, Psychology, Dance and Movement Therapy, Yoga, etc to develop a pedagogy of care and strategies on the holistic and daily management of Parkinsonís disease. Besides group Ė based rehabilitation, BKP PDMDS also provides individual support to patients who are home Ė bound, as well as monetary support to economically disadvantaged patients in the form of medicines, and medical aids and devices.
Celebration of the World Parkinsonís Day
With a purpose to disseminate information on care and management, the Baroda Centre organized a World Parkinsonís Day event attended by over 150 patients and caregivers along with eminent neurologists such as Dr. Chetan Trivedi, Dr. Rakesh Shah, Dr. Yogesh Sharma, and Dr. Keyur Buch on 11th April 2015 at I.G. Patel Seminar Hall, Baroda. Following the lighting of the lamp, Mr. Satish Mahatre, the President of the Support Group recited a prayer. Professor Sitanshu Yashaschandra voiced his views on illness, suffering and being differently-abled and pointed out why such events are important. The neurologists who attended the program efficiently shared their knowledge and expertise. Dr. Yogesh Sharma, Dr. Manali Shah and Kavita Nimbalkar spoke on various aspects of Parkinsonís Disease and the facilities provided by BKP PDMDS. The patients and caretaker talked about their experience of managing the disease, read their poems and sang songs. There was a musical event by professional singers. The program ended with a vote of thanks by Piyush Thakkar. The refreshments of the event was sponsored by the Sun Pharma.