Family of Wisdom (FOW) Programme

FOW is a new care model in Singapore which Alzheimer’s Disease Association (ADA) started in September 2013.


This weekly three-hour enrichment programme is conducted in a small group setting, where persons with dementia are grouped according to their stage of dementia, spoken language, age, and educational profile. Each group size ranges from 4 to 12 clients, depending on their stage of dementia and facilitated by 2 to 3 staff per group. The session provides a continuum of community care for persons with dementia, who have completed sessional therapy outpatient programmes and are discharged for community care.

FOW’s cognitive and physically stimulating activities are designed with a social element to foster greater interaction and promote neurogenesis for persons with dementia. FOW complements a full-day dementia daycare programme with shorter hours.

Objectives of the FOW programme:

  • Improve the well-being of the persons with dementia

  • Engage persons with dementia and caregivers through social interaction and meaningful activities

  • Provide respite and emotional support for persons with dementia and caregivers

  • Reduce the waiting list to dementia day care centres

  • Promote mutual self-help amongst caregivers

  • Promote volunteerism through shared caregiving

The programme is run by paid care staff, supported by caregivers and volunteers; whereby a group of persons with dementia and their caregivers, would gather together during the week to interact and be engaged in a combination of cognitive stimulating activities, physical maintenance activities and individualised activities.


Who Should Attend

Family caregivers and their loved ones with mild – to moderate-stage dementia.


Admission Criteria

  • Has an accompanying caregiver
  • Diagnosis of dementia by a medical doctor (exclude persons diagnosed with MCI)
  • Medical condition must be stable and non-infectious
  • Clients with unmanageable disruptive behaviours may not be admitted


Note: Our programme provides services to clients regardless of their race, language or religion, unless there are special requirements that cannot be provided by ADA.


Service Fee

A Monthly Service Fee is collected on the first week of each month. The fees is charged based on the number of sessions the client is registered to attend that month. The Centre will not refund the fees if the client is absent from the session(s) except if he/she is able to produce a medical certificate or doctor’s appointment card to justify the absence.

The service fee rate charged for each client range from $50 to $75 per group session [for Singaporeans and Permanent Residents] or $75 to $100 per session [for non-residents], depending on the client’s stage of dementia.

For clients who require one-to-one (individual) sessions, it can be arranged subject to availability of staff and space. However, the charges for individual sessions will be higher than the group rates. For families who are interested, please approach our Centre Managers for more information.

Group Size Singaporean/PR Non-Residents
Mild Dementia 12 Clients
12 Caregivers
$50 $75
Moderate Dementia 7-9 Clients
7-9 Caregivers
$60 $85
Moderate-to-severe Dementia 3-4 Clients
3-4 Caregivers
$75 $100
Severe Dementia Individual (one-to-one) Higher than group rates above

Rates quoted above are before GST. All Centre fees charged are subject to 7% GST.

Types of Sessions FOW Bendemeer FOW Tiong Bahru
Mild Dementia Yes Yes
Moderate Dementia Yes Yes
Moderate-to-severe Dementia Yes No
Severe Dementia Yes No

Admission Process

Potential clients are admitted from referrals received. Upon acceptance, a one-month refundable deposit is required based on the number of sessions the client is attending. This amount will be refunded when the service is terminated if there are no outstanding dues. Payment can be either in cash or by cheque, made payable to “Alzheimer’s Disease Association”.



FOW Bendemeer

  • 20 Bendemeer Road, #01-02 BS Bendemeer Centre, Singapore 339914
  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 9.30am to 12.30pm / 1.30 to 4.30pm
  • Tel: 6389 5385; Email:; Fax: 6291 6260


FOW Tiong Bahru

  • 298 Tiong Bahru Road, #10-05 Central Plaza, Singapore 168730
  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 9.30am to 12.30pm / 2pm to 5pm
  • Tel: 6593 6440 / 6593 6442; Email:; Fax: 6273 0996


Download the Referral Form for our FOW programme here.

Download the FOW brochure here.