Resources for dementia care: Goa

This page contains information specific for dementia care in Goa, for the convenience of caregivers of patients of Alzheimer’s Disease and other forms of dementia. [read disclaimer]

Facilities for patients of Alzheimer’s/ other dementias

For dementia help, contact the various dementia organizations listed below.

Helplines for senior citizens

  • Helpage helpline: Senior citizen helpline at 1800 180 1253 (All-India tollfree number). Local Goa number: 0832-2412611 / 09822162642.
Facility Address and other details

Dementia Society of Goa
ARDSI Goa Chapter
(Goa Chapter of Alzheimer’s and Related Disorders Society of India)

Offers diagnosis and counselling. Supports caregivers for home care.

Dr. Amit Dias, M1 Housing Board Colony,Alto Porvorim, Bardez -Goa.
PIN 403 521 

Mobile: +91 9822382842 (Dr Amit Dias’s number)
The website has lapsed and is no longer available.

Dr. Amit Dias, Department of Preventive and Social Medicine, Goa Medical College is involved in several studies and initiatives related to dementia care, and has numerous publications. His 2017 TedxPanaji talk can be viewed at: Building a Dementia friendly community | Dr Amit Dias | TEDxPanaji Opens in new window.

COOJ Mental Health Foundation

COOJ Mental Health Foundation is an NGO working in the area of mental health and rehabilitation. In addition to their various initiatives for elders and for community awareness of mental health issues etc., they have a Geriatric and Dementia program. They sensitize and train staff in old age homes for dementia and support residents there, and have very recently (June, 2017) started a Senior Therapy Center as well as a memory clinic in Bastora, North Goa. Their current initiatives may be including diagnosis, cognitive remediation, psycho-social therapy, and caregiver support. Please contact them to know more about their current work and how they may help you. (Data confirmed October 2017)

Contact them at:
COOJ Mental Health Foundation, H. No. 7A-738, Mano Shanti, Boa Vista, Bastora, Bardez – Goa 40350
Phone: +91 982 256 2522 and 9820816965
Social Media Opens in new window
Website (still under construction) Opens in new window

The Dennis Charles Jarvis Memorial Trust and Sangath

A “Dementia project” is being run jointly by The Dennis Charles Jarvis Memorial Trust and Sangath. This aims at extending the non-pharmacological intervention developed by the Dementia Society of Goa to the people of Goa. Dr. Amit Dias is the project director (see above for his contact details). To know more about the trust and their current and proposed projects, contact:
The Dennis Charles Jarvis Memorial Trust, H.No. 264/73, Goan Paradise, near Gautam Hotel, Alto Pilerne, Bardez, Goa 403114
Counsellors: Anita Jarvis (9819196168) and Lourdes Alvares (9763917097)

Sangath was also involved in the Sangath-Rotary Dementia Home Care project, which was designed to increase awareness of dementia and also involved visiting families and advising them on non-pharmacological ways of supporting dementia home care. Dr. Amit Dias was the project director. The project is now over, but you can contact Sangath for information: The Sangath website page for their address Opens in new window. Also, see the Sangath Goa Facebook Page Opens in new window.

Other dementia resources/ memory clinics Neurology Department, Goa Medical College 
Goa Medical College and Hospital
Bambolim, Tiswadi, Goa-India
PO Box.: 403202
Phone: 0832 2495000 / 5169
2011 announcement of upcoming facility at Monte Hill, Margao, Goa(No progress so far)) As part of his budget announcements in March 2011, the Goa CM announced that a provision had been made for setting up residential care, day care and respite care facilities for senior citizens. Proposed centres include an ‘Alzheimer’s Home’ in Monte Hill at Margao, Goa, to cater to dementia. Read the report here Opens in new window.

But there has been no progress (see Dr. Dias’ interview on the project Opens in new window. No news on this project has been obtained since then.

Additional Listings: Important organizations working for seniors

Prominent organization working for seniors:
Helpage helpline: This all-India organization that supports senior citizens in multiple ways. They may also offer geriatric physiotherapy.Contact them at 1800 180 1253 (All-India tollfree number). Local Goa office: 0832-2412611 / 09822162642
E-mail: More emails: Website: The Helpage India website Opens in new window
Tips to locate trained attendants Unfortunately, it is very difficult to get trained attendants, and many families use general attendants and train them on dementia themselves or with the help of volunteers. Even attendants trained by agencies for dementia often need additional training. Read a detailed discussion on this topic at: Using Trained Attendants for Dementia Home Care. Also, please ensure that you evaluate any service/ facility before using it.

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Dementia-related material in various Indian languages (including Konkani)

See: Dementia/ Alzheimer’s Resources in Konkani.

Click here for our full list of dementia/ care resources in various Indian languages (currently Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Konkani, Malayalam, Marathi, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu, and Urdu): Dementia/ Alzheimer’s Resources in Indian Languages

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General tips for locating relevant resources:

Please contact the resources listed above if you are looking for dementia/ care support. If you are looking for resources in other Indian cities/ regions, or across India, check City-wise/ Region-wise resources andResources across multiple Indian cities. Below are some tips for locating additional resources:

  • A list of local services can usually be obtained by surfing the Internet using keywords and the name of the city, and looking for various types of services. Most cities will have some home care services, old age homes, nursing agencies, etc. The larger hospitals of the city will usually have memory clinics, geriatric clinics, or geriatric psychiatry clinics to help the initial diagnosis of dementia. Search for these combined with your city name and other such phrases.
  • Use various combinations and alternate city names for more suitable results.For example, you may look for Goa, Margao, Vasco, Porvorim , or whatever else you consider useful. Search using locality names also.
  • Updates/ fresh data on dementia support facilities/ services may also be available from the National Dementia Helpline ( 0484-277-5088). E-mail: or other helplines handled by the ARDSI National Office (09846198471,09846198786, 09846198473)
  • The reception/ nurses at local hospitals often know about agencies that supply attendants/ nurses for home care.
  • Many large path lab services also provide home pickup of blood samples.
  • Many neighborhood path labs and small clinics are able to send nurses home for some minor procedures, like IV. Some even have contacts of doctors who may be willing to make home visits (you must satisfy yourself about the quality and reliability)

Also note, contact numbers and addresses keep changing. If you have an problems old number/ name of hospital/ doctor, etc., get the latest details using local telephone inquiry/ assistance services.

Other useful links are: Quick access to a Caregiving Essential Toolkit and Using Trained Attendants for Dementia Home Care.

Please note that Dementia Care Notes does NOT provide any services or any medical consultation.

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Disclaimer:Data on this page is provided for information and convenience, and is not an endorsement for any person/ organization/ service/ resource. We make no claims that the contents of this page are either accurate or complete, or that the persons/ organizations listed are reliable or that they are suitable for you (no fitment for purpose is intended or implied).

Page/ post last updated on: February 26, 2018

4 thoughts on “Resources for dementia care: Goa”

  1. are there health care assistant/senior health care assistant to provide care for the dementia/Alzheimer’s resident’s 24/7

    1. There are very few facilities in India geared for persons with dementia. Also, while some degree of improvement is possible by providing an appropriately supportive and empowering environment, dementia is irreversible as such.

      If you are in Goa, contact the numbers given above for advice. If you are looking for other dementia resources, check out or

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