The ADAcafé is a new concept of dementia care, which aims to provide purposeful and meaningful therapy for clients of the Alzheimer’s Disease Association (ADA) with young onset and early stage dementia. People in the early stages of dementia are generally still able to function and we need to maintain their functional ability with activities which interest them and make them feel useful.
ADAcafé offers them opportunities to be physically, cognitively and socially engaged so that they can continue to be part of the community and enjoy a better quality of life. Through the interaction of customers with persons with dementia in ADAcafe, it is also hoped that there will be greater awareness of dementia and less stigma in the community.
Singapore’s population is ageing rapidly and people are living longer. In 2015, there were about 45,000 people living with dementia. This number is expected to rise to 241,000 by 2050. The National Neuroscience Institute has seen an increasing number of patients diagnosed with Young Onset Dementia (YOD), below the age of 65. Among these patients, many have reported a loss of employment due to dementia.