• 2018

    Singapore’s President Halimah Yacob has accepted ADA’s invitation as Patron

    ADA participated in cashless payment technologies such as the PayNow platform in its fundraising drives

    Commemorated World Alzheimer’s Month by being involved in 15 activities in September with various stakeholders and partners including schools, hospitals and museums.

    Organised the World Alzheimer’s Month 2018 Conference, themed “Every 3 Seconds, someone in the world develops dementia. Are we ready, Singapore?”. The one and a half day conference on 21 and 22 September saw more than 450 participants.

    Organised a fundraising charity concert entitled “Love for All Seasons” and raised more than $30,000.

  • 2017

    Organised the first Dementia Roundtable that involved government and industry partners and international affiliates from Dementia Alliance International on 24 November. It centred on young onset dementia, including the support they needed and the engagement of communities to build a more dementia inclusive society.

    Held the World Alzheimer’s Month’s symposium focused on young onset dementia on 25 November. The event was titled “The Dementia Symposium 2017 – It Can Strike Early” and saw 400 participants.

    A third Centre for Family of Wisdom programme was set up at Toa Payoh

    Updated ADA’s Mission – To be recognised as Singapore’s leading organisation in dementia care – a catalyst, enabler, educator and advocate – that inspires society to regard and respect persons living with dementia as individuals to lead purposeful and meaningful lives.

    Established a new Community Enabling pillar within ADA to engage the community so that persons with dementia and their families can live with dignity, choice and confidence in the community.

  • 2016

    ADA participates in a pilot project for the proposed Networked Care application, eCareApp in conjunction with SAP SE (German MNC), Sierra Solutions and ACE Seniors

    Launch of a series of Experiential Art Support Therapy

    Open house following renovations at New Horizon Centre Toa Payoh. Gracing the event was MP for Bishan-Toa Payoh, Dr Ng Eng Hen.

    ADAcafé @ AgapeV opens to the public on 24th October

  • 2015

    “Still Alice” Charity Movie Premiere in January.

    Arts & Dementia Programme’s exhibition@Jurong Community Library in September.

    ADA’s 25th Anniversary Symposium in October.

    Commemorate ADA’s 25th Anniversary in November.

  • 2014

    Piloted Dementia Café at Crossings Café. This was later renamed Memories Café when Canon Singapore adopted the programme.

    A second centre for Family of Wisdom programme was set up (Tiong Bahru).

    ADA started its consultancy work to tap on its acumen as a Centre of Specialisation for dementia care to impart its knowledge to other care institutions that plan to provide dementia care in their facilities.

    The National Neuroscience Institute (NNI) collaborated with ADA to pilot a project at our FOW programme centre in Tiong Bahru to offer respite to families coping with Young Onset Dementia. The programme, called ESTEEM, is still ongoing.

    ADA trailblazed in its use of assistive technology for dementia by piloting a project to employ robotic animal toys to occupy unsettled clients and free up staff resources while boosting staff morale.

    Jurong Point Shopping Centre participated in a Dementia-Friendly Mall programme as part of ADA’s efforts to cultivate a Dementia Friendly Community. Educational posters were put up in the shopping centre’s washrooms. Retail staff were invited to talks on how to interact with persons with dementia with empathy, while improving interior design features to make shopping more enjoyable for such customers.

  • 2013

    ADA’s Arts & Dementia programme received a grant from the National Arts Council.

    Due to increasing demand for training and caregiver support services, ADA relocated both its main office and Caregiver Support Centre (CSC) to Luzerne Building in Bendemeer Road. The new premises are bigger and better-equipped, allowing more pilot projects to be undertaken. Thus, the unit on the 6th floor was christened the ADA Resource & Training Centre (ARTC) which was set up with funding from The Singapore Ireland Fund. CSC subsequently moved from Central Plaza to the third-floor unit in Luzerne Building in July 2013.

    With funding from the Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple through the Community Foundation of Singapore, the Family Caregiver Training Programme (FCTP) kicked off at the ARTC in May.

    A pilot project named the “Family of Wisdom” programme (FOW) received funding through donations raised from ‘The Pitch’ competition organised by the National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre, to operate short three-hour day care sessions to provide caregiver respite.

    In April, ADA officially launched its Facebook page. Promising to complement our website with frequent social interaction and relevant newsflashes, the page is set to bring ADA closer to the computer-savvy segments of society.

    In October, ARTC became host to the regional office of Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI), of which ADA has been a member since 1995. The regional presence of ADI signals its commitment to facilitate more dialogue and cooperation among member associations in the Asia Pacific.

  • 2012

    New Horizon Centre (Bukit Batok) initiated a pilot run of the Arts & Dementia project by ADA’s PCC Steering Committee. Six clients were selected for a PCC tour of the Peranakan Museum on 7 February 2012.

    ADA’s completed Phase 2 of all its pilot projects, namely the Person-Centred Home-Based Intervention, Eldersit Respite Care service and Extension of Day-Care Hours. With this success, CSC was granted a new funding from MOH to ramp up the Eldersit Respite Care and Home-Based Intervention Programme for the next 5 years.

    Four of ADA’s staff members were awarded the Health Manpower & Development Programme (HMDP) by AIC.

    Won the Outstanding VWO Award 2012 (Innovation) – Winner of the NCSS Pitch (People’s Choice) on 11 October.

    The Person-Centred Care Steering Committee organised its inaugural Symposium entitled ‘The Future of Dementia Care: Setting The Standards Today For Tomorrow’ on 20 October.

    A Chief Executive Officer for ADA was recruited.

  • 2011

    Awarded the Outstanding VWO Award 2011 (Innovation) – Winner of the NCSS Pitch (Judges’ and People’s choice).

    Corporate website was enhanced to provide more information and guides on dementia, and caregiving for caregivers and the general public.

    Piloted a ‘Eldersit Respite Care’ service project to provide greater support to caregivers. And The ‘Extension of Day Care Hours’ pilot project launched in 2010 was extended to New Horizon Centre (Toa Payoh).

    Implemented a pilot project on Person-Centred Care culture change in care practices at New Horizon Centre (Toa Payoh). Communal dining for clients in the Early Dementia Programme was introduced. The project is part of the Person-Centred Care (PCC) and Dementia Care Mapping Steering Committee’s Consultancy work for ADA.

    Accreditation of New Horizon Centre (Tampines) as a Day Rehabilitation Centre in October by the Agency for Integrated Care (AIC) and Ministry of Health (MOH).

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  • 2010

    ADA celebrated 20 years in service.

    ADA won the Inaugural NCSS Outstanding VWO Award 2010 (Collaboration).

    ADA initiated 2 pilot projects, namely the Extension of Day Care Hours on 1st Saturday of the month in New Horizon Centre (Bukit Batok) from 8am – 4pm, and also the Home-based Intervention service.

    In September, New Horizon Centre (Tampines) relocated to its new premises.

    With our expansion of services, a second Caregiver Support Centre was set up in Tiong Bahru Central Plaza, at the Social Service Hub.

  • 2009

    ADA hosted the 24th Conference of Alzheimer’s Disease International in Singapore. Dementia Awareness Week was held in conjunction with the Conference. Activities included a Mass Exercise cum Walk of 5,000 participants, a Short Film Competition on Dementia and a play entitled, ‘Don’t Forget To Remember Me’.

    ADA produced a Guidebook on Early Dementia Programme Care Model.

    New Horizon Centre (Jurong Point) was officially opened on 25 July 2009 by Mr Lim Boon Heng, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office.

    Our Caregiver Support Service Programme was expanded with the setup of its own premise, the Caregiver Support Centre at Bukit Timah.

  • 2008

    ADA signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Bradford University to provide the strategic leadership role to introduce and implement Dementia Care Mapping in Singapore and to provide training.

    A decision was made to start our fourth Centre at Jurong Point Shopping Centre to cater to the needs of people with early-stage dementia and young-onset of dementia. A Gala Dinner cum Auction event “Vintage Glamour” was held on 4 December 2008 to raise funds for the new Centre.

    In collaboration with the NCSS, we initiated a “Safe Return” identification card scheme for persons with dementia.

    ADA organised its 1st Conference for Family Caregivers of Persons with Dementia with the theme “Building Positive Relationships”.

    The Straits Times ran a 6-page Special Report on Dementia to commemorate World Alzheimer’s Day 2008, featuring ADA.

  • 2007

    Launched the 1st Dementia Care Mapping (DCM) training course in Singapore in conjunction with Bradford University.

    The NCSS appointed ADA as a Centre of Specialisation.

    A research project to study the profile of family caregivers of persons with dementia was conducted.

    A concert “Celebrating Abilities” performed by clients of our New Horizon Centres was held.

    Launched a manual cum DVD entitled “A Journey Together – An Activities Kit for Caregivers of People with Dementia” for people caring for persons with dementia.

  • 2006

    ADA won the bid to host the 24th International Conference of Alzheimer’s Disease International in Singapore in 2009.

    An Early Dementia Programme at New Horizon Centre (Bukit Batok) was implemented after renovations were completed there.

    Implemented a Person-Centred approach at the New Horizon Centres using the Well-being Profiling from the Dementia Care Mapping tool.

    New Horizon Centre (Toa Payoh) and Caregiver Support Service embarked on monitoring service standards using the NCSS Programme Evaluation System and Outcome Management.

    Strategic Planning discussion held – ADA reviewed its directions for the next 3 years – to review its mission, setting a vision and identifying a set of core values.

    Fund raising on a different note – Teochew Opera and Music Performance was jointly organized with the Teochew Poit Ip Huay Kuan.

  • 2005

    A Charity Dinner was held in May with the launch of a corporate video of ADA.

    Launch of the first local children’s story book on Alzheimer’s disease – “Where’s Grandma”.

    Hosted the 1st Alzheimer’s University Programme with 35 participants from 14 Asia-Pacific countries and the 8th Asia-Pacific Regional Meeting of the Alzheimer’s Disease International.

    ADA, together with Australia and Korea, was part of the Steering Group in coordinating the report “Dementia – An Epidemic”, which was targeted to be released in September 2006.

    A Well Being Profiling research project for persons with dementia was carried out jointly with Alzheimer‟s Australia Western Australia. The intent of this project was to develop an effective system for evaluating emotional care provided to people with dementia.

    Caregiver Support Services expanded its programme to include talks and training sessions in Mandarin and Malay for caregivers.

  • 2004

    An Early Dementia Programme was implemented at New Horizon Centre (Toa Payoh) after renovations were completed there.

    ADA organised its 1st Flag Day in conjunction with the commemoration of World Alzheimer’s Day in September.

    One person with dementia gave a public talk about her diagnosis and illness at the annual World Alzheimer’s Day public forum on the theme “No Time To Lose”.

    Awarded  funding from National Council of Social Services (NCSS) & VWO Capability Fund to run Specialised Caregiver Support Services for caregivers of people with dementia.

    A pilot support group “Living with Memory Loss” was started.

  • 2003

    ADA held its 2nd “Memory Walk” fund raising walkathon event at the Bukit Gombak Stadium, in commemoration of World Alzheimer’s Day. The Guest-of-Honour was Mr Ang Mong Seng, Member of Parliament for Hong Kah GRC.

  • 2002

    ADA was successful in applying to take over one of the Senior Citizens’ Health Care Centres under the management of the Home Nursing Foundation, as its third daycare centre. New Horizon Centre (Tampines) was officially handed over to ADA on 1 January 2002, providing a model of integrated care, integrating rehabilitation for stroke clients, and dementia care for persons with dementia

    Plans for an Early Dementia Programme got off the ground for implementation in 2002 at New Horizon Centre (Toa Payoh).

    Physiotherapy and Occupational Services were introduced at New Horizon Centres (Toa Payoh and Bukit Batok).

    ADA organised its 1st “Memory Walk” fund raising walkathon event held at the Toa Payoh Stadium. Mr Lim Hng Kiang, then Minister of Health and Second Minister for Finance was the Guest-of-Honour.

  • 2001

    An Executive Director for ADA was recruited.


  • 2000

    ADA enhanced its regional role by hosting the 2nd Asia-Pacific Regional Conference on Dementia Care. A Consensus Statement on Dementia from the 2nd Asia-Pacific meeting was written and published.

    A Charity Dinner was organised in conjunction with World Alzheimer’s Day 2000.

    New Horizon Centre (Toa Payoh) relocated to its new premises on 13 May.

    A Community Outreach Programme with volunteer nurses from the then “Woodbridge Hospital” was started.

  • 1999

    ADA organised the 1st Asia-Pacific Regional Conference of Alzheimer’s Disease International in Singapore. Representatives from 12 countries participated in the Conference.

  • 1998

    World Alzheimer’s Day was commemorated with a fund-raising dinner.

    Our newsletter was redesigned to reflect a more professional image of the Association. A Chinese version of newsletter was launched.

    A series of public talks on “The Importance of Early Dementia Detection” were held at Community Centres and Polyclinics.

    Community home visits made in Toa Payoh.

  • 1997

    ADA developed its own corporate website.

    Organised a Charity Dinner which raised $71,200.

    Commemorated World Alzheimer’s Day with a public forum on “Alzheimer’s Disease: A Race Against Time”, and a seminar for General Practitioners.

  • 1996

    The late Dr Wee Kim Wee became a Patron of ADA.

    ADA organised its first World Alzheimer’s Day with an exhibition at Parkway Parade and Bishan Junction 8 shopping centres.

  • 1995

    ADA started sourcing for a third day care centre.

    The New Paper and DFS Singapore adopted ADA, and raised funds for our Association.

    ADA joined Alzheimer’s Disease International as a member.

  • 1994

    New Horizon Centre was featured in a documentary on Dementia on television.

    A 3-day workshop on Managing Dementia was organised for caregivers.

    ADA started its first training attachment at New Horizon Centres, for post-basic nurses and foreign medical specialists; thereafter, yearly attachments for nursing and social work students were hosted.

  • 1993

    A Dementia Management Training Package for staff and caregivers was developed in collaboration with Tsao Foundation.

    Newsletter circulation increased from 3,000 to 5,000 copies.

    We developed a presentation package for publicity talks for fundraising events.

    ADA started a second centre, New Horizon Centre (Bukit Batok).

    Official Opening of the Centre on 12 Nov by Dr Aline Wong, then Minister of State for Health.

    An Open House was held in conjunction with Senior Citizens’ Week.

  • 1992

    Singapore Council of Social Services handed over the management of New Horizon Centre (Toa Payoh) to Alzheimer’s Disease Association on 1 January.

    ADA started sourcing for a second day care centre.

    Support group meetings (in English and Mandarin) for caregivers were started.

    ADA published its first newsletter. A logo for the Association was created.

    ADA had its first fund-raising event, a Charity Carnival at Orchard Road, and raised $40,000.

  • 1991

    The New Horizon Centre at Toa Payoh was officially opened on 16 March by Mr Wong Kan Seng, then Minister for Community Development.

    In conjunction with the opening ceremony, ADA co-organised with the Gerontological Society, a seminar on Dementia as part of promoting awareness of the complex disease.

  • 1990

    Alzheimer’s Disease Association (ADA) was formed. Our first Dementia Day Care Centre, New Horizon Centre (Toa Payoh), a pilot project of the Singapore Council of Social Service, was set up.

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