Dementia in Singapore

Dementia is an illness which affects the brain, causing the brain cells to die at a faster rate than normal. It is not normal ageing. As a result, the mental abilities of the person with dementia declines. This leads to failing memory, deterioration of intellectual function and personality changes.

Dementia Projection in Singapore

  • Prevalence ('000)

The statistical appendix in a report to Asia Pacific members of Alzheimer’s Disease International presents individual estimates of prevalence and incidence for each of the economies included in the region, for the period between 2005 to 2050. Of particular note is the prevalence of dementia in Singapore, where in 2005, those with dementia aged 65 years and above numbered 22,000. By 2020 it is projected the figure will increase to 53,000, a figure which will more than triple to 187,000 by 2050.

Diagnosis & Assessment

Have you noticed any sudden, inexplicable changes in the behaviour and/or mental state of a loved one? If so, consult your family doctor for an initial assessment. If necessary, the doctor may refer your case to specialists (geriatricians, psychogeriatricians, neurologists and psychiatrists). Diagnosed cases of dementia may then be referred to ADA for psycho-social care and support.

Where To Go For Diagnosis

Diagnosis can be done at the several places, including Khoo Tech Puat Hospital, Institute of Mental Health, Changi General Hospital, Tan Tock Seng Hospital, National University Hospital and Singapore General Hospital.