At the Alzheimer’s Disease Association (ADA), I have the privilege of doing my part for persons with dementia. According to a 2014 report by Alzheimer’s Disease International, there are more than 45,000 such people in Singapore today, and the number is constantly rising.
Since its inception, ADA has made a significant impact on persons with dementia and their caregivers. Working towards a dementia-inclusive society, our key services include dementia daycare programmes and centres, caregiver support services and training. We also support families on their journey of caring for their loved ones, and provide subsidies to those who cannot keep up with the heavy cost of care.
The cost of dementia is startling. In 2015, Singapore spent $2.8 billion on dementia care. With numbers like these, we cannot battle dementia alone. ADA is launching our new Recurring Gift Programme, and we’re on the search for Guardians of Memory, heroes who will join our fight to protect and guard the memories of persons living with dementia.