Family caregivers remain the main persons providing care, having to face much emotional, practical and economic strain in the process. Two local research were carried out in 2006 and 2008 by Alzheimer’s Disease Association, in attempt to have a better understanding of the caregivers in terms of their needs and how they are coping with the task of caregiving.
Building a Dementia-Friendly Community
As a lead-up to the Alzheimer’s Disease Association’s 25th Anniversary Symposium, ADA brought together a wide spectrum of people in the community including people with dementia and family caregivers to exchange ideas, provide suggestions and to explore ways to make Singapore a dementia-friendly community. Focus group discussions were conducted across eight groups from June to August 2015.
In 2019-2020, ADA also worked closely with on-ground community partners and grassroots leaders to build a DFC in Kebun Baru. This was done by first and foremost conducting in-depth research and ground-sensing survey of the Kebun Baru residents, in partnership with NUS.
Reports by World Health Organisation (WHO) and Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI)
The WHO and ADI have released a joint report dated 11 April 2012 (Geneva) calling upon governments, policymakers and other stakeholders worldwide to recognise dementia as a public health crisis. The report provides an overview of the impact of dementia worldwide, best practices, case studies, as well as “hard-to-get” statistics from low- and middle-income countries. It also captures a glimpse of the local situation as well as information on the services provided for persons with dementia and their caregivers by the Alzheimer’s Disease Association, Singapore.
Reports by Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI)
The 15 Asia-Pacific member organisations of Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI) agreed at their meeting in Singapore in May 2005, to commission a report that would draw the attention of governments, international organisations and aid agencies to the dementia epidemic and the threat that it posed to public health systems.
On an annual basis, ADI publishes The World Alzheimer Report which meant to provide the latest updates relating to dementia. In the recent report, released on 21 September 2012, the report shares results from a worldwide survey conducted with people with dementia and caregivers on their personal experiences of stigma. The report provides information on stigma and dementia, highlights best practices in the field of dementia, and makes recommendations which could help reduce stigma.
Report by All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG)
In December 2010 the APPG on Dementia announced that it would undertake an inquiry into how to make the best use of the resources currently spent on dementia while at the same time improving outcomes for people with dementia and carers.
Report by Ministry of Health
In Singapore, the Ministry of Health regularly reviews the Clinical Practice Guidelines for the various fields in the healthcare sector, so as to ensure that care within the sector is constantly advancing. A manual on Clinical Practices Guidelines for dementia was developed in 2007.