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L-R: Vidya Shenoy, Dr Santosh Bangar, Dafin Muresanu, Sailesh Mishra

Meeting of the mind

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The 10th World Congress for Neurorehabilitation, WCNR – 2018, was hosted jointly by the World Federation for Neurorehabilitation (WFNR) and the Indian Federation of Neurorehabilitation (IFNR) from 7-10 February in Powai, Mumbai. Over 120 national and international stalwarts in the fields of basic and clinical neurosciences and neurorehabilitation participated in the event, which was attended by around 2,000 delegates, including students, doctors, nurses and paramedics from across India and overseas. WFNR’s theme this year, ‘From Neuro Technologies to Community Care’, encompassed exciting and innovative technologies on neurorehabilitation that offer high-quality care at low cost for developing communities.

Harmony-Celebrate Age was present at the event to cover the international public forum session on dementia, co-hosted by the Alzheimer’s and Related Disorders Society of India (ARDSI) along with Mumbai-based Silver Inning Foundation.

Among the national speakers, Mumbai-based geriatric psychiatrist Dr Santosh Bangar began the symposium by explaining different types of dementia; covering anxiety and depression as some of the early symptoms of dementia while cautioning us of the capriciousness of these symptoms. “We have had Alzheimer’s for over 100 years and we are still battling for a cure; suffice to say, neurobiology/neuroscience is a complicated space,” he remarked. Meanwhile, Vidya Shenoy of ARDSI presented a detailed analysis of dementia and the burden of dementia in developing countries like India, stressing that the need of the hour was to make dementia a national health priority. And Sailesh Mishra of Silver Inning shared the plight of caregivers in taking care of dementia-ridden silvers at his eldercare home A1 Snehanjali, and his own struggles and achievements with dementia patients.

Of the international speakers, Dafin Muresanu, president of the European Federation of Neurorehab Societies (EFNR), a non-profit organisation dedicated to research, spoke at length about the advancements in neurorehabilitation and gave an insight into the neurobiology of cognitive development, explaining the difference between degenerative cognitive impairment and vascular cognitive impairment.

Indeed, the overall programme showcased a multidisciplinary approach to neurorehabilitation that offers innovative, dedicated and reliable rehabilitation services, ranging from immediate care for nervous system injuries to long-term neurological care. With the burden of neurological disability being so high in the developing world with scarce services, one hopes this congress opens new avenues of collaboration between different stakeholders around the world.

Photo: Jaggi Gupta
Featured in Harmony — Celebrate Age Magazine
March 2018