Another dementia-friendly community

Another dementia-friendly community

Hong Kah North has become the second community that is dementia-friendly, and more communities have shown interest.   Following a ground-up movement on dementia called Forget Us Not in Chong Pang, which was launched earlier this year, there is now another...
Let’s not forget dementia

Let’s not forget dementia

An initiative by Lien Foundation and Khoo Teck Puat Hospital to help the public understand those with dementia.   With the rise of persons with dementia (PWDs) in Singapore, Lien Foundation and Khoo Teck Puat Hospital (KTPH) has been fostering in Yishun a...
A city for all ages

A city for all ages

With a new training programme by Centre for Seniors and NTUC LearningHub, businesses can become more understanding towards seniors and those with dementia. BY: Eleanor Yap One hundred retail assistants from NTUC FairPrice have been trained in the first in-market...
A dementia-friendly Singapore

A dementia-friendly Singapore

With the number of people with dementia set to increase in time to come, the country is looking at ways to support them and their caregivers. BY: Eleanor Yap With the prevalence of dementia in Singapore for those aged 65 years and above currently standing at about...
The children we forgot

The children we forgot

Melissa Chan was 14 when her father was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s. Her journey has taken her on a path to help other youths to understand the disease and find support. BY: Eleanor Yap When a loved one has dementia, it often affects the spouse and other...
Dementia activities for your loved one

Dementia activities for your loved one

Six options to encourage engagement. BY: Ann Napoletan As dementia progresses, it becomes challenging to find activities that encourage mental, emotional and sensory stimulation. At the same time, we are often in search of ways to connect with our loved one when...
Finding respite at night

Finding respite at night

The only programme in Singapore that offers a night care service for those with dementia in a nursing home setting, the programme provides activities to clients and respite for caregivers. BY: Eleanor Yap Ninety-six-year-old Alice (full name cannot be disclosed) was...
Seeing dementia through a teenager’s eyes

Seeing dementia through a teenager’s eyes

A 16-year-old shares his perspective about this disorder from his experience volunteering at elderly daycare centres. BY: Skylar Seow This is a script of a 16-year-old when he was asked by his school principal at Fairfield Methodist Secondary School to share his...
Men, get socially & physically active

Men, get socially & physically active

An observational study done by NUS found that those single or widowed men aged 55 years and over have a higher risk of cognitive impairment. BY: Eleanor Yap Those who are single or widowed men aged 55 years and over have a higher risk of cognitive impairment, which...
Frozen in time

Frozen in time

A Raffles Junior College student tackles dementia in a short film. BY: Eleanor Yap Dementia is a complex subject matter for adults to tackle much less someone younger. Eighteen-year-old Wu Jiamin, a second-year student at Raffles Junior College (RJC), decided to...
Burden no more

Burden no more

A woman opens up about her early struggles and frustration with her mother who has dementia to where she is today, more in control.   BY: Eleanor Yap Patsy Chia’s caregiving journey with her mother who has dementia has had its ups and downs. She has had to deal...
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...
A safe return

A safe return

An ID card for seniors with dementia.   The Safe Return card by the National Council of Social Service (NCSS) is an ID card that is generated through the Developmental Disability Registry (DDR) for the safety and protection of seniors with dementia. The Safe...