This year, ADA celebrates WAM once again—bigger and better than before! Bearing the overarching theme of ‘Empowerment’, WAM 2020 aims to empower and enable every person in Singapore’s dementia community, be it a person living with dementia, caregiver, relative, friend or ally.
Held every September, World Alzheimer’s Month (WAM) brings forth a month-long calendar of events and activities dedicated to raising awareness and challenging the stigma of dementia. Celebrated all over the world, World Alzheimer’s Month culminates with World Alzheimer’s Day on 21 September.
In line with the theme of Empowerment, ADA hopes to empower Persons Living with Dementia to live with dignity and allow them to live their lives the way they want; Caregivers, to have the skills to provide quality dementia care to better support their loved ones with dementia; the Public, to increase their knowledge and empathy for the dementia community; and our Stakeholders and Partners, to come up with initiatives to better support our cause.
To donate to ADA’s World Alzheimer’s Month campaign, visit: https://www.giving.sg/alzheimer-s-disease-association/wam2020
ADA Walk2Remember 2020
ADA is proud to present ADA Walk2Remember 2020, a nationwide steps challenge to encourage one and all to actively support the dementia journey of some 100,000 persons living with dementia in Singapore.
As a fully virtual steps challenge, participants simply need to register for the challenge online. By taking part, we can show our support by getting active and walking for, and with, our dementia community.
The Walk kicked off on 1 September, where we were excited to welcome over 2,300 registrants walking together virtually, all across Singapore. And from now till 21 September, ADA will be closely and excitedly watching our Walk2Remember step counter, which tracks the total number of steps that every person in the ADA Walk2Remember 2020 collectively clocks over 21 days.
Our goal? To garner over 70 million steps collectively!
To register for ADA Walk2Remember 2020, visit: https://web.42race.com/race-bundle/adawalk2remember and follow the easy instructions to register, download the virtual race app and sync your mobile device.
ADA Walk2Remember 2020 is proudly supported by Cerecin.
ADA Build with Us 2020 – Presented by Musim Mas
In line with the theme of ‘Empowerment’ for WAM 2020, ADA seeks to celebrate the many unique individuals of the dementia community who serve as the building blocks of our wider community.
Combining the joy and simplicity of actual building blocks, we are excited to organise the ADA Build with Us 2020, a large mural project made up entirely of LEGO pieces!
Drawn by former Singapore Press Holdings award-winning illustrator Kelvin Chan, the ADA Build with Us 2020 LEGO mural depicts seniors living fulfilling lives across Singapore, with support from their families and community partners. The mural is a joint effort by our clients living with dementia, caregivers, ADA staff, volunteers and corporate partners, who will each get to assemble a uniquely designed piece of the mural.
The completed mural—spanning 2.7m in length and 1.6m in height—will be mounted at Kebun Baru Community Club on 21 September 2020, also known as World Alzheimer’s Day. Finishing off the final few pieces of the mural will be ADA’s long-time partner and special guest, Mr Henry Kwek, Member of Parliament for Keban Baru GRC, as well as key supporters from ADA’s dedicated corporate partner, Musim Mas Holdings.
The ADA Build with Us 2020 mural project is proudly presented by Musim Mas, in our joint efforts to build a dementia-inclusive society, one brick at a time.
Other than our two key events detailed above, ADA is also excited to empower, involve and ignite our persons living with dementia through other fringe activities celebrated across ADA’s centres, as well as online.
First up is the ADA Colourful Memories Contest, a colouring contest held at our centres for our clients to unleash their creativity. The colouring stencils depict retro illustrations, such as an old-fashioned sewing station, a barber shop, and a traditional, local breakfast scene in a kopitiam. The top ten best colourings also be awarded prizes.
Next is the third and final edition of ADA Webinar Series: Caregiver Essentials. Held on 19 September, the session tackles the topic of “Let’s Talk: Empowering and Enabling Persons with Dementia”. Read more about how ADA is ramping up its digital outreach through this new Webinar Series.
Lastly, ADA will be hosting a Virtual Video Marathon over on Facebook and LinkedIn. Every day in September, look forward to one video per day, such as our #DespiteDementia campaign videos, Forget Us Not short films, ADA programme highlights and caregiver tips.
ADA looks forward to commemorating a very special World Alzheimer’s Month 2020 with all of you!
Donate to ADA’s WAM campaign here: https://www.giving.sg/alzheimer-s-disease-association/wam2020. All proceeds will go towards alleviating the financial burdens of ADA’s operations, as well as continuing to empower our dementia community, now and in the months to come.
To learn more about WAM 2020 festivities, visit: https://alz.org.sg/wam2020/