In 2012, about 28,000 people in Singapore aged 60 and older had dementia. The number is expected to soar to 80,000 by 2030. Dementia affects 1 in 10 people aged 60 and older. As our population ages quickly, dementia is an issue we cannot ignore!
A Dementia-Friendly Singapore encourages persons with dementia to continue living in their own homes and go about their usual routines in the community. This involves the community's members – neighbours, shopkeepers, coffee-shop drink sellers, bank tellers – who can understand and help them.
It is a community where people are aware of this condition and understand how to make their neighbourhoods safe and easy to navigate in. It's a place where persons with dementia and their caregivers can live as independently as possible, while feeling:
In DFCs, business and services are respectful towards persons with dementia. There are also resources for early recognition and support for persons with dementia, so that they are identified early and care and support are provided to them. At the same time, seniors can reduce risk of dementia with active ageing activities.
A network of Dementia Friends who are aware of the ABCD signs and symptoms of dementia and can serve as community lookouts for persons with dementia. Dementia Friends can build on their skills to become Dementia Champions to support seniors or persons with dementia by befriending or engaging them in activities.
Go-To Points also serve as "safe return" points within the community, where you can bring persons with dementia who may appear lost and are unable to identify themselves or their way home. The staff at the GTPs will assist in reuniting them with their caregivers. These are places that also serve as resource centres to provide useful information and resources on dementia. You can find the list of GTPs here.
The Dementia Friends mobile application provides timely access to resources, useful information and events. Caregivers can post cases of their loved ones who lost their way and the Dementia Friends app will receive push notifications to help keep a lookout. You can support the persons with dementia and their caregivers by downloading the mobile application here.
We can enhance our physical environment to make it accessible and safe for persons with dementia. Examples include converting steps to small ramps, railing installations, clearer signages with larger texts, and so on.
The following organisations have provided their continuous support in building Dementia-Friendly Communities.
They have committed to:
Learn more about Dementia.
All About Dementia
If your loved one has dementia, you will notice changes in their behaviour. Caregivers like yourself may find it difficult to cope with these challenges.
Dementia affects not only your loved one's ability to remember, but can cause them to behave differently. In certain cases, behaviour linked to dementia, such as aggression or wandering, can be a cause for concern.
Here are some tips, prepared in handy PDF formats, for caregivers on how they can offer care to their loved ones who wish to continue staying in the community and enjoy their regular activities.
Learn about the different ways a person in the different stages of dementia talks to others, and how you can respond when communicating with them.
Signs and Symptoms of Dementia
Keeping track of your loved one’s signs and symptoms of dementia can help you identify the condition’s progression.
Dementia affects 1 in 10 people aged 60 and older. As our population ages quickly, dementia is an issue we cannot ignore
How You Can Play A Part
Here are some different roles individuals and organisations can play to make Singapore and communities more supportive for persons with dementia and their loved ones.
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