UPCOMING - Join Wang Lei & Lin Ruping at our Forget Us Not getai show on Sunday (20 March), 7pm to 10pm, at the basketball court opposite Khatib MRT. Free admission with lucky draw!

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About
'Forget Us Not'

"Forget Us Not" is an independent initiative in Yishun that is organised by Lien Foundation and Khoo Teck Puat Hospital. It aims to raise awareness of the growing number of persons with dementia (PWD). This includes sharing the everyday problems they face, and ways for the public to support them. So that we'll always have them in mind.

What is  Dementia ?

Dementia is a condition that causes progressive intellectual decline leading to increasing difficulties in coping with everyday activities. It is not part of normal aging and affects mainly the seniors (>60 years old). It can also affect the young, though rarely.

Do you Know

1 in every 10 persons aged 60 years and above has dementia?

1 in every 2 persons above aged 85 years and above has dementia?

At present, there are 45,000 PWD and it is projected that this figure will more than double to 103,000 by 2030.

Common problems faced by
Persons with Dementia

They may have trouble remembering important dates or events, or ask for the same information over and over again. This can affect their day-to-day activities such as getting around and making purchases.
They may not be able to recognise objects and faces. It will also be difficult for them to identify patterns, colours and spaces.
They may have rapid mood swings for no reason, withdraw from group activities, become passive and sleep more than usual. They can become a little insensitive towards others.
They may need help with sitting, standing and walking. They may lose their balance and fall more easily.
They may lose things and be unable to retrace their steps to find them again. Sometimes, they may accuse others of stealing. This may occur more frequently over time.
They may be unable to tell the time, or be confused about meal times such as asking for lunch at night. They may be unable to recognise where they are, which will lead to feelings of frustration in unfamiliar or noisy environments. These factors may contribute to them getting lost.
They may have trouble handling money, paying bills and following instructions, resulting in difficulty in financial transactions. They may also have trouble concentrating and take much longer to do things.
They may struggle to express themselves, and experience problems finding the right word or naming objects. They may also have problems understanding what others are saying to them and may stop conversations with no idea on how to continue. They may also repeat themselves.
They may not know if it is safe or correct to do certain things. For example, they may give large amounts of money to strangers, pay less attention to grooming or hygiene, or shout and take off their clothes in public.
They may have trouble driving to familiar locations, managing a budget, or remembering the rules of a favourite game.