Southwest District's Community Engagement on Dementia
PUBLISHED ON 26 Nov 2016

Promoting awareness and support in the community for patients with dementia (PWD) would help ensure a dementia friendly community, said Member of Parliament of Jurong GRC and PAP.SG Southwest District Advisor Mdm Rahayu Mahzam. To do this, PAP.SG Southwest District rolled out the Community Dementia Champion Programme to create platforms, awareness and a network of support for dementia patients and their caregivers.


Mdm Rahayu said, “PAP.SG has always championed issues that affect the lives of our elderly and with dementia identified as increasing cause of concern, we want to take the lead and actively step in to assist patients with dementia (PWD) and their families with the introduction of the Community Dementia Champion Programme.”


In collaboration with Jurong Health Services, the District conducted the first training session for volunteers on 26 November 2016. Volunteers were trained by professionals and experts from Jurong Health Services on dementia, its signs and impact on the patients and their families and also shared information on the various schemes and assistance that are available to assist in care of the elderly affected by dementia. The training equipped the volunteers with awareness and skills to detect and help dementia patients and their families in the community.


With Singapore’s aging population, Mdm Rahayu emphasised that it is important to prepare the society for the growing number of PWD that will be able to age safely among their loved ones, and also be able to move around with ease and dignity in the community. 


Mdm Rahayu added, “With the untiring efforts of key partners like JurongHealth and various PAP.SG districts and chapters, we also hope to also reach out to more community networks to ensure that PWD will be able to get the best care and support. With this as a starting point, we hope to see better awareness and also the involvement from more in the community to come forth and help create a dementia-friendly Singapore.”