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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 1-2  

Presidential speech: President, Indian Menopause Society 2019


Professor, Department of Obs Gynae, PGIMER, Chandigarh, Punjab, India

Date of Web Publication29-Mar-2019

Correspondence Address:
Neelam Aggarwal
Professor, Department of Obs Gynae, PGIMER, Chandigarh, Punjab
India
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DOI: 10.4103/0976-7800.255294

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Dr. Neelam Aggarwal

My dear IMS family,

Wishing you a very healthy and prosperous 2019!

First of all, I want to thank all of you for entrusting me with the responsibility of the 17th President of Indian Menopause Society (IMS).

I feel honored to follow in the footsteps of people who have been stalwarts of menopausal medicine. Each of our past presidents has brought a different vision and all have proven to add different strengths. I suppose I am no different in that I also have some different ideas and hope you will support me and when we look back on 2019, would have had a memorable year of opportunity.

Guiding principle of my life has been about gratitude. To hunt for a bounty successfully, hunt with a gratitude. I take this opportunity to acknowledge tremendous and adorable initiatives of our past presidents.

You can look much further by standing on shoulders of giants, thanks to these legendary founders for their vision when IMS was founded.

As you know, IMS is a multidisciplinary society catering to the needs of women in their midlife years and beyond. The society was launched in 1995 with the goal to promote knowledge and research on all aspects of menopause and create awareness among society. Our visionary past presidents cultivated a legacy of academic perfection and innovation. As a result of their nurturing hard work, this vibrant society has rapidly matured into a young adult of 24 years with 44 chapters and 3348 members; and is also recognized on the international front. Apart from being highly professional, IMS is a closely knit family and has retained this personal flavor over the years.

As my predecessor Dr. Ratnabali handed over the presidential badge to me, I was overwhelmed by the responsibility and the road ahead, and I know it is a hard journey alone, but I have an enthusiastic team with me.


   Team Indian Menopause Society 2019 Top


I am blessed to have an excellent, committed team consisting of Dr. Ambuja, Vice President; Dr. Seema Sharma, Secretary General; Dr. R. N. Goyal, Treasurer; Dr. Mritunjay Mohapatra, Joint Treasurer; and Dr. Reeti Mehra, Joint Secretary. My sincere thanks to all of them for helping and supporting me enthusiastically in all the activities.


   Theme for 2019 Top


According to the World Bank estimates, in 2030, one in six women will be menopausal. Menopause can be envisaged as a new beginning where a new stage can be set to create a roadmap to healthy aging. So we have kept our annual theme as.

“A new beginning to a healthy inning”

Inspiring women to feel free and look young beyond mid-life.

The year will be dedicated to promote the health and quality of life in mid-life years and beyond. Our goal is to help women break free from the stifling shackles of their own mindset and social inhibitions. We want to encourage women to embrace the various changes of menopause and look forward to growing younger not just in physical appearance but at the mental and the deepest cellular level. I strongly believe in the concept of compression of morbidity. Sickness, to a large extent, can be prevented or postponed by lifestyle changes so that as long as we are alive, we remain disease free and die only due to old age, not sickness, and helplessness in the face of disease. This is possible by encouraging awareness and a multi-pronged approach at many fronts – diet, exercise, mental health, disease screening programs, to name a few.


   Highlight of Proposed Activities Top


  1. Academic programs and research
  2. Bridges with other societies
  3. Community service
  4. Digital IMS (Reach out to teach)
  5. E-education and public awareness
  6. Focus at younger age for a healthy roadmap ahead (Catch them Young)
  7. Government of India and IMS partnership.


My agenda includes strengthening links between IMS and other national organizations for a wider visibility and greater strength. In observance with IMS essence of multidisciplinary society, we are connecting and collaborating with other societies. Since menopausal hormone deprivation can adversely affect the host of age-related problems such as heart disease, osteoporosis, muscular weakness, cancers, atrophy of various systems and functions, it is very important to work collectively with other teams looking after these specific problems. Ob-Gyn specialists being the first touch physicians of women can play an important role as preventive health care team. In an endeavor to improve their participation, I propose to have interactive connect with other societies in different medical fields such as FOGSI, ISBMR, ISCCP, and NCD. Joint events have been planned, and activities will be linked on each other's websites for a wider coverage and visibility. A series of CMEs have been lined up on bone health, healthy aging, and cervical cancer prevention and screening in collaboration.

We plan to digitalize IMS keeping in view the modern era of technology. Already efforts are underway to make IMS paperless. E-education will be promoted through YouTube videos, messages on social media, and web-based conferences to reach larger audiences. The translation of clinical practice materials into local regional languages, interesting success stories of mid-life women, health tips, and introduction of healthy recipes may expand their impact. Furthermore, we can sensitize our health systems for the needs of mid-life and older women. Efforts are on the way to bring Government of India onboard in supporting our programs and to take them under umbrella of National Health Programs.

Public awareness will be carried out through IMS club 35 and other social organizations such as Prajapita Brahmakumaris and Rotary club. will be roped in to promote programs on life style change, weight, and stress management. Since many of the geriatric diseases have their origin in the pediatrics, we aim to target school and college populations regarding general health, bone health, importance of healthy weight maintenance, and screening for cancer under our “Catch them young” program.

The success of any plan is based on its uptake which in turn depends on the awareness which can be easily achieved with the help of modern e-technology. We plan to use social media for showcasing IMS activities at different platforms and increasing awareness among the society. Sharing is good but is much easier and instant with modern day technology. Getting Viral may not always be bad!!

A multicentric research project on sarcopenia and bone mineral density is also in the pipeline with ICMR.

On the whole, we look forward to a memorable year ahead full of activities and reaching our mid-life women in large numbers.

In the end, I once again thank my enthusiastic team and each one of you for reposing faith in me. There is a well-known basketball movie Angels in the outfield. I dedicate its theme to my team. I am fortunate to have all these angels on the outfield and waiting to be joined by all of you.

My special thanks to my founder team-Dr. Nirja Chawla, Dr. Poonam Goel and my 2012–2013 President Dr. Meeta Singh with whom I was Secretary General, IMS. Arshia – our Executive Director, deserves a special thanks for her constant help. Last but not the least, my gratitude to my loving and supportive family.

Live life to the fullest.

Long Live IMS.

Believe, Achieve, Succeed…

”Aging wrinkles the body, quitting wrinkles the soul.”






 

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