Back in 2011, Chua Joo Ee, 43, noticed his mother, Mdm Toh Wee, throwing tantrums and displaying bouts of physical aggression. Confused and worried, he brought her to see a psychiatrist, who diagnosed her with vascular dementia. Having no clue about the condition, Joo Ee struggled to care for his mother while balancing the demands of work. He eventually had to quit his job to care for Mdm Toh Wee full-time after she experienced a serious stroke. “I was overwhelmed by my responsibilities and I often felt alone in my journey,” he recalled.
He turned to ADA for help in 2012, placing her under the care of the New Horizon Centre, which afforded him peace of mind. Joo Ee also attended ADA’s Caregiver’s Support Group, where he met like-minded caregivers who share his struggles. With advice from the support team and stress-relieving activities, he was able to find respite from his duties and find support in his caregiving journey.
“I’ve benefitted so much from the programme and I want to continue giving back through my role as a support group facilitator,” said Joo Ee.