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inclusive Dementia Friendly Community (iDFC) Webinars

inclusive Dementia Friendly Community (iDFC) Webinars

Organising Partners

Organising Partners

About inclusive Dementia Friendly Community (iDFC) Webinars

The inclusive Dementia-Friendly Community (iDFC) Webinar Series on managing frailty and dementia is organised by Alzheimer’s Disease Association, AMKFSC Community Services Ltd, AWWA Ltd, Care Corner Seniors Services Ltd, Caritas Singapore Community Council, Montfort Care, Ren Ci @ Ang Mo Kio, Tan Tock Seng Hospital, Thye Hua Kwan Moral Charities, and TOUCH Community Services.

In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic, this webinar series provides a platform for partners to continue their outreach efforts to residents and raise awareness on dementia-related skills and knowledge. The aim is to enable local communities and support social and healthcare responses to dementia in order that persons living with dementia can live in their own communities, and be understood, respected, supported and engaged as a member of the community.

Participants from these webinars will be invited to Weekly Group Social Walks that provide 4 important aspects of frailty and dementia prevention i.e. cardiovascular exercises, balancing activities to prevent falls, strength building to boost muscle growth and stretching to alleviate joint pains – starting at respective neighbourhoods and cumulating in an annual large-scale annual Walk 2 Remember initiative in Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park when the COVID-19 situation has stabilised.

This Webinar Series is designed to reach out to persons with mild and moderate dementia and their caregivers in the communities of Ang Mo Kio, Toa Payoh and Bishan.

Upcoming Webinars

Session 1:

How to Speak to Someone with Dementia

by Lien Foundation
Livestreamed in English

Join us as Ivan from Lien Foundation introduces a series of bite-sized videos featuring tips and personal stories by and for caregivers on how best to support people with dementia. For this webinar session, we highlight a video of Ms Lily Teh as she shares how the right tone of voice is important when talking to a person with dementia, in order to build trust and get their co-operation.

Speaker: Ivan Loh
Date/Time:

Tue, 22 Sep 2020, 7.30‑8.30pm

Session 2:

Coping with Dementia

by Project Carer Matters, Tan Tock Seng Hospital
Livestreamed in English

This programme will help caregivers understand the nature of behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD) and to equip them with strategies to cope with challenging behaviours.

Speakers: Lim Shiling and Devon Chng, Registered Nurses
Date/Time:

Tue, 13 Oct 2020, 7.30‑8.30pm

Session 3:

Stories of Self-Care in the midst of COVID-19

by Care Corner Seniors Services Ltd
Livestreamed in English

The COVID-19 pandemic has overshadowed much of 2020.  As the year comes to a close, join us on this webinar and hear stories of resilience from caregivers of persons with dementia and their self-care tips in the midst of COVID-19.

Speakers: Guest Speakers (Caregiver Sharing)
Facilitators: Ivan Chew and Esther Teo, Registered Social Workers
Date/Time:

Tue, 3 Nov 2020, 7.30‑8.30pm

Session 4:

Introduction to Dementia Prevention Programme: HAPPY & Age Well Everyday

预防失智症计划《快乐运动》与《天天康龄》的简介

by AWWA
Livestreamed in English & Mandarin

Come and learn about how these evidenced-based, locally-designed programmes can help prevent the onset or progress of dementia. You will get to experience what they are like with live demonstration through this session and find out how you can participate in one near you!

此讲座将会介绍由本地国立大学与思维科学中心针对乐龄人士所制定的失智症预防方案。让我们透过简单的讲解与现场示范来学习和体验这两套计划的模式,并得知更多参加课程的详情。

Speaker: AWWA IRENE Team
Date/Time:

Tue, 1 Dec 2020, 3‑4pm (English)
Tue, 8 Dec 2020, 3‑4pm (Mandarin)

Session 5:

认识失落与哀伤 (Loss and grief in dementia care)

by 蒙福关爱
Livestreamed in Mandarin

从亲人确诊失智症开始,经历漫长的照顾过程,照顾者都必须面对失智亲人的改变,同时也相对地做出调整。相随这些变化和调整,是一次次的失落感和哀伤。计划始终赶不上变化,该如何应对?请与我们一起探讨如何面对这些失落与哀伤。

Speaker: 朱慧儿, 高级总监, 蒙福关爱
Date/Time:

Sat, 16 Jan 2021, 3‑4pm

Session 6:

Home Sweet Home: Creating a Dementia Friendly Home and Community

by AMKFSC COMNET
Livestreamed in English

It is challenging to adapt to changes in the home and community environment once we learn that our loved ones are diagnosed with dementia-related conditions. How can we as families and communities help to alleviate these challenges?

Speaker: Simon-Peter Lum, Acting Head, COMNET Senior Service, Care & Integration Division, AMKFSC Community Services Ltd
Date/Time:

Tue, 2 Feb 2021, 3‑4pm

Session 7:

Journey with Arts and Dementia (JADe) – Experience the Use of Reminiscence and Arts for Meaningful Engagement

by Alzheimer’s Disease Association
Livestreamed in English

With the generous support from The Chua Foundation, Alzheimer’s Disease Association (ADA) started the “Journey with Arts & Dementia” (JADe) initiative which is primarily a capability-building project that involves training community partners and art enthusiasts to run arts-based programmes for persons living with dementia using the JADe Reminiscence Starter Kit. Join us in this showcase as we appreciate art pieces completed by persons living with dementia from different communities, and experience the use of reminiscence, art-making or photography with our dedicated artists and JADe trainers.

Speakers: Ms Catherine Chong, Ms Didier Ng, Mr Stanley Koh
Date/Time:

Sat, 27 March 2021, 3‑4pm

Session 8:

Feeling Isolated and Alone with Dementia?

by Lions Befrienders
Livestreamed in English

What is the impact of social isolation and loneliness on older persons with dementia and their caregivers?

Singapore’s first national survey on dementia done in 2019 finds 3 in 4 persons with dementia feeling rejected and lonely, and nearly 30 per cent of their caregivers feel embarrassed when caring for them in the public.

Join us on this interactive session, to better understand, care and support our loved ones with dementia and their caregivers.

Senior social worker Ms Lola Ng, with 20 years of experience working with seniors, will share tips on journeying with person with dementia and support for their caregiver. It will be an interactive session and open to Q&As.

Speaker: Ms Lola Ng, Senior Social Worker, Lions Befrienders
Date/Time:

Sat, 24 April 2021, 3‑4pm

Session 9:

Navigating health and social resources in caring for the elderly in Singapore

by TOUCH Caregivers Support, TOUCH Community Services

“My father had a fall recently and has difficulty moving around at home. What should I do?”
“I wish to prepare a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) for my husband while he has the mental capacity to make decisions. What should I do?”
“My helper wants to quickly return home for two months and there is no one to care for my mother with dementia. What should I do?”

These are common questions asked by individuals who call TOUCH Caregivers Support’s Care Line – a helpline for caregiving or elder-related issues. These same questions have also been raised by caregivers on TOUCH’s Facebook support group – Caregivers for Elderly. Caregivers often face challenges in navigating resources while considering their individual circumstances. Come and join our interactive session and you can:

  • Find out more about the types of health and social services available in Singapore
  • Get familiar with ideas explored by caregivers
  • Gain awareness about ways to access services
  • Learn how to expand your circle of support in your caregiving journey
Speaker: Jacinda Soh, Care Coordinator
Date/Time:

Tue, 18 May 2021, 7.30‑8.30pm

Acknow­ledgements

  • TOUCH Community Services, Lien Foundation, Tan Tock Seng Hospital, Care Corner Seniors Services Ltd, AWWA Ltd, Montfort Care, AMKFSC Community Services Ltd as participating partners
  • All Caregivers who make invaluable contributions with their knowhow as practitioners and content experts
  • TOUCH Community Services for providing the Zoom Pro platform
  • Alzheimer’s Disease Association for hosting the iDFC Webinars Microsite
  • Central Health for sponsoring the Webinar Series

About Ang Mo Kio, Toa Payoh‑Bishan Sub‑Zonal Partners’ Network

The Ang Mo Kio, Toa Payoh-Bishan Sub-Zonal Partners’ Network is a coalition of social service agencies, healthcare and intermediate-long term care organisations established to cultivate alliances, deepen relationships towards one network of partners and connect collaborators. 

About Ang Mo Kio, Toa Payoh-Bishan Sub‑Zonal Partners’ Network

The Ang Mo Kio, Toa Payoh-Bishan Sub-Zonal Partners’ Network is a coalition of social service agencies, healthcare and intermediate-long term care organisations established to cultivate alliances, deepen relationships towards one network of partners and connect collaborators. 

Community Corner

TOUCH and AMKFSC have started walking groups to keep residents fit and active to prevent or slow down the onset of dementia. Residents, both young and old, would gather at the starting points at TOUCHpoint@AMK 433 and COMNET@420 Teck Ghee SAC for the walk. The group is taking a break this season. If you are keen to be receive updates about our weekly walks, please call TOUCHpoint at 9772 2558. Hope to see you!

Together, we can make a difference to persons with dementia and give them hope in life.