The Alzheimer’s Disease Association (ADA) is a voluntary welfare organisation and is made up of caregivers, professionals and all who are interested in dementia. The ADA provides daycare for people with dementia, as well as services such as counselling, support groups, information and referral, public education talks, conducts training and workshops for caregivers.
In February 2019, clients at New Horizon Centre (Bukit Batok) were greeted to a new design with a refreshing look after three months of renovation! The 25-year-old day care centre has been revamped completely with outward looking interiors that allow daylight to stream through its coloured glass panels.
More than 5,600 across Singapore participated in a survey by the Singapore Management University (SMU) and Alzheimer’s Disease Association, which revealed that nearly 3 in 4 persons with dementia feel rejection and loneliness, and more than half feel that others act as though they are less competent due to their condition.
Using a Virtual Reality (VR) application, people can now experience first-hand some of the problems faced by those with dementia. ADA’s new Enabling EDIE workshop uses VR technology to help bridge the gap, allowing us to experience first-hand the challenges people with dementia experience in day-to-day life.
To effectively address dementia, people and organisations are working on the ground and encouraging others to create dementia-friendly communities. A variety of initiatives supporting the fight against dementia were highlighted on the 16 April edition of Channel 8’s Morning Express.
One of the symptoms that is less commonly identified and attributed to dementia is incontinence. In the course of caregiving, how often have you realised that your ward has soiled herself, only to blame it as an inevitable by-product of old age (or even wilfulness)?
Most of us have gone through the frustration of momentarily forgetting someone’s name, the date of an important appointment, or even where we’ve misplaced our mobile phone. But for persons living in the shadow of Alzheimer’s Disease and other dementias, this sense of frustration can be a daily affair.