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#DespiteDementia

despite dementia,
it’s not the end.

People living with dementia face challenges unlike most of us, but with the support of those around them, they have the ability to thrive. It takes a village, a society to combat dementia stigma, and it begins with you.

Together, we can change perceptions, remove the labels, and make our community a dementia-friendly one. Happy, fulfilling, and meaningful lives are possible #despitedementia.

“Whatever will be, will be, and you don’t have to worry about it because life goes on no matter what happens.”

Just months after her husband was diagnosed with fourth-stage cancer, Katherine and her family were crushed to learn about her dementia diagnosis. A few years later, her husband passed away and the family had to grapple with grief and loss for a long time. For daughters Belinda and Babara, choosing to overcome the blows, pick up the pieces, and dedicate their lives to care for their mother was an easy decision. Dubbed Katherine’s “angels” on Earth, Belinda and Babara’s caregiving goal is to simply bring joy to their mother’s life in all they do. Together, they continue to live life to the fullest while tackling the challenges of dementia head-on. Such is The Power of Love.

“Whatever life throws at me, I will keep on fighting.”

When Anjang Rosli was diagnosed with young-onset dementia at only 50 years old, he and his wife Sarima were heartbroken. But Anjang’s story is one of courage; a choice to not let this diagnosis spell the end. As an advocate for dementia, Anjang actively educates others and helps them understand more about dementia—showing through his courage that despite dementia, he is still a force to be reckoned with. Hear his story and witness his bravery in The Power of Courage.

“I live my life with dignity and pride, despite dementia.”

Peter Lim has been diagnosed with dementia for a decade, but he does not allow this condition to define him. Hear it from him and his supportive wife, Quee Eng, and son, Daniel, as they present The Power of Family.

We are honoured to have Katherine, Peter, Anjang, and their families share their journey with dementia. These videos were made possible through the support of Musim Mas. Look forward to more videos in the months to come.

“People need to know that you can have dementia at any age and a diagnosis does not mean your life stops. Although I feel different from how I used to be, I’m still me.”

– Tracey Lane, person living with dementia

When dementia strikes, it turns one’s world upside down. The struggle is real, but with the support of those around them, people living with dementia can better take on the challenges, and continue living #despitedementia.

Join the movement.
Share the word.

From persons living with dementia, to caregivers and volunteers listen to what they have to say about living despite dementia.

Inspire others by using #DespiteDementia across your social platforms. Feel free to share any of the images below–simply save the image on your desktop or share it directly from your mobile device.

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About #DespiteDementia

#DespiteDementia is an awareness campaign by ADA that aims to tackle the stigma faced by persons living with dementia and caregivers. Based on findings from the first national survey on dementia in Singapore (dubbed: Remember.For.Me) by Singapore Management University and ADA in April 2019, it highlights a need to continue increasing awareness on dementia and combat the stigma that surrounds it. #DespiteDementia reminds all of us to love and learn about persons with dementia and encourage them to live life to the fullest despite living with the condition.