- From various dementia specialists/ organizations in Tamil Nadu: booklet,helplines and in-person support.
- From Old age/ Mental Health Portals from India: short introductions for dementia/ Alzheimer’s Disease
- From other Alzheimer’s Associations worldwide: short introductions for dementia/ Alzheimer’s Disease
- Videos in Tamil(Youtube)
From various dementia specialists/ organizations in Tamil Nadu: booklet,helplines and in-person support.
There are several organizations working in the dementia domain in Tamil Nadu. You can contact them on phone or in person for information, support, and counselling in Tamil. Names, details, and contact data can be seen at: Resources for dementia care: Chennai, Coimbatore. Some of these may also have printed material in Tamil. Some particularly useful resources are:
DEMCARES (an initiative of SCARF): This organization is very active in the dementia domain in Chennai. They are also working at creation of Tamil material and videos (one video they have released is included below, in the videos section). Contact them for information/ advice/ available material in Tamil at 044-49539768 (L) or +917358588822 (M) or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org .
ARDSI Chennai Chapter and Madras Memory Clinic: They are actively working on dementia support in Chennai, and can be contacted for dementia information and support in Tamil. Contact them on Phone: (044) 2663 1123, 2663 3143, Mobile: (0)98 4101 9910, (0)9444216023, or email: email@example.com
DR.V.S.Natarajan had written a Tamil book on dementia (136 pages). Please contact him to check if this book is still available, and also for advice in Tamil. Contact Dr.V.S.Natarajan, Adiparasakthi Clinic, Chennai, Ph: 044 -26412030, 044 – 26267282, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Arunai Thelirchi Maiyam: The centre provides cognitive rehabilitation and support for neurological/psychiatric symptoms and ailments, including dementia, and provides support in Tamil. Contact Porrselvi A.P. at email email@example.com or at +919047452258
See more information on these as well as other organizations that may help at: Resources for dementia care: Chennai, Coimbatore.
Old age/ Mental Health Portals from India that include Tamil Information
Old Age Solutions, a portal with information and resources for the elderly (from the Govt. of India and AIIMS), used to have a Tamil section. This section has been removed.
White Swan Foundation, a website on mental health, has a Tamil section. This includes pages on dementia and Alzheimer’s Dementia டிமென்சியா Opens in new window, Alzheimer’s Disease அல்சைமர்ஸ் குறைபாடு Opens in new window, and Understanding Alzheimer’s Disease அல்சைமர்ஸைப் புரிந்துகொள்ளுதல் Opens in new window.
From other Alzheimer’s Associations worldwide: short introductions for dementia/ Alzheimer’s Disease
Some other countries that have Tamil-speaking residents have also published dementia/ Alzheimer’s and care information in Tamil to help the residents understand about dementia and care, and so that these residents know about the resources/ services these countries have to help families coping with dementia (Note that the resource information in these booklets is specific to the country that published the booklet).
- Booklet on dementia from Alzheimer’s Society (UK) (PDF file) Opens in new window.
- Several booklets from Alzheimer’s Australia in Tamil (topics include what is dementia, diagnosing, early planning, communication, taking a break, changed behaviours).
- From Lanka Alzheimer’s Foundation: Some Tamil documents are available at their site What is Dementia? Opens in new window and Activities at Home Opens in new window. The site may be under reconstruction, so some resources may not be available – check back later on their resource page for the above and any new material or contact them directly : their publication/ resource page Opens in new window.
A video in Tamil (with English subtitles) is available from DEMCARES (an initiative of SCARF), Chennai. This 36 minute video is titled Idhu Mudeevalla Aarambam (Not The End, A Beginning) and is a two part film on dementia. It includes a fictionalized narrative that highlights the importance of recognizing early signs and symptoms of dementia, and also has interviews of real-life family caregivers sharing the difficulties they faced in getting a diagnosis, their caregiving challenges, how they coped, etc.
See the video in the player below, or view it directly on Youtube at Idhu Mudeevalla Aarambam (Not The End, A Beginning) Opens in new window.