Understanding Alzheimer’s disease

Understanding Alzheimer’s disease

Calling for entries to expand understanding and explanation of Alzheimer’s disease. An estimated 50 million people worldwide are living with dementia at a cost of US$1 trillion to the global economy, according to the World Alzheimer Report 2018 by Alzheimer’s Disease...
Essential truths about dementia

Essential truths about dementia

As our population ages, dementia will increase, so debunking its myths are essential in understanding the condition and lowering your risk.   As the Singapore population ages, the figures of those who will have dementia will continue to increase. Dementia is not...
Taking on the role of the caregiver

Taking on the role of the caregiver

This retiree shares his caregiving experience with his wife who has Alzheimer’s disease.   BY: Eleanor Yap   Seventy-three-year-old retiree John Ee is no stranger to Alzheimer’s disease. He is a caregiver to his 76-year-old wife, Jeannette, who suffers from...
Conditions that mimic Alzheimer’s disease

Conditions that mimic Alzheimer’s disease

Q. What are some conditions that tend to be mistaken as Alzheimer’s disease?   Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia, is characterised by deficits in short-term memory and thinking skills. It is a chronic condition which progresses slowly over...
Losing Grandma

Losing Grandma

An author of a children’s book delves into the serious topic of Alzheimer’s disease. BY: Eleanor Yap   “Where’s Grandma?” is a simple and easy-to-read book that brings to light the relationship of a young boy named Luke and his best friend – his Grandma. They...
Broaching a test for Alzheimer’s

Broaching a test for Alzheimer’s

Q. How does a family member best broach the subject of a memory test (to test for Alzheimer’s) to a loved one who may or may not have the condition?   A. The diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease involves more than a single memory test. One effective...
The power of stories

The power of stories

Telling stories before we forget, two young passionate men share their feat to reduce stigma of dementia and provide support for caregivers.   BY: Joanne Tok   When one shares about a story about himself or herself, minds are thrilled, hearts are stirred and even...