Dementia Resources

Dementia Resources

With demen­tia cases on the rise, we at Age­less Online wants to pro­vide care­givers with as much resources as pos­si­ble to help them care for their loved ones with demen­tia. The infor­ma­tion below is only a start and more infor­ma­tion will be added as we go along. We are cur­rently adding more details to each of the entries:

BOOKS (SIN­GA­PORE) RELATED TO DEMENTIA:

Grandmother’s Gar­den and Other Sto­ries
Voices from the Heart – Liv­ing with Demen­tia (a demen­tia resource book)
Bur­den No More
** For over­seas books that are related on demen­tia for care­givers such as activ­i­ties for elderly, and under­stand­ing demen­tia, you can source them from KYDZ Inter­na­tional.


CARE­GIV­ING HELP (includes home-​care services) – caregiving assis­tance at home and out­side:

Active Global Care­givers (live-​in, spe­cialised care­givers)
• Agency for Inte­grated Care (AIC) (pro­vides a list of demen­tia day care cen­tres)
All Saints Home (has a demen­tia ward in its home in Jurong East)
Alzheimer’s Dis­ease Asso­ci­a­tion (has demen­tia day care – New Hori­zon Cen­tres at Bukit Batok, Jurong Point, Tampines and Toa Payoh which offer an early demen­tia pro­gramme for those at an early stage of demen­tia + Fam­ily of Wis­dom pro­gramme at two loca­tions. It also has an Elder Sit­ter ser­vice which engages those with demen­tia at home and gives respite to care­givers, call 6377 0700)
Care­giver Asia (ad-​hoc ser­vices such as exer­cise and games com­pan­ion, etc)
Cod­dle (to han­dle med­ical chap­er­one and befriend­ing. For ADL cases, those will need to be eval­u­ated)
Com­fort Keep­ers (pro­vides in-​home care such as meal prepa­ra­tion, light house­keep­ing, etc)
Montes­sori for Demen­tia Care (offers group or indi­vid­u­alised activ­i­ties) (Montes­sori approach – www​.alzheimers​.net/2014 – 05-​27/​montessori-​method-​dementia/​)
NTUC Health (for­merly NTUC Elder­care) (offers mentally-​stimulating activ­i­ties for seniors with demen­tia)
Thye Hua Kwan Moral Char­i­ties (pro­vides an Elder Sit­ter ser­vice, call 6690 0110 or e-mail: ipal@thkmc.org.sg)
PAP Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion (senior care cen­tre – day care ser­vices for those suf­fer­ing from demen­tia and frail elderly)
St Joseph’s Home (Dusk to Dawn pro­gramme – evening and overnight respite ser­vice within a nurs­ing home)


CARE­GIVER SUP­PORT GROUPS – bring­ing together those car­ing for demen­tia patients: 

Alzheimer’s Dis­ease Asso­ci­a­tion (Man­darin, Malay and Eng­lish)
Care­givers Alliance (Care­giver Sup­port Cen­tre at Insti­tute of Men­tal Health (IMH) is manned by men­tal health pro­fes­sion­als and care­giver sup­port spe­cial­ists, who will reach out to care­givers, pro­vide infor­ma­tion, and offer refer­ral and coun­selling ser­vices for the care­givers)
Care­giv­ing Wel­fare Asso­ci­a­tion
Khoo Teck Puat Hos­pi­tal (Demen­tia Sup­port Group)
National Neu­ro­science Insti­tute (Demen­tia Sup­port Group – CARe Pro­gramme (Cog­ni­tive Assess­ment & Rehabilitation) – they offer talks on effec­tive com­mu­ni­ca­tion, man­ag­ing care­giver stress and com­ing up with mean­ing­ful activities)


CARE­GIVER TRAINING/​INFORMATION:

AWWA (Care­giv­ing Life Skills Train­ing Series + Caregiver’s Hand­book)
Aax­onn (con­ducts home– and classroom-​based care­giver train­ing for fam­ily care­givers and for­eign domes­tic work­ers car­ing for elderly, two courses on related to demen­tia include Car­ing for Per­sons with Demen­tia and Demen­tia Prob­lem Solv­ing and Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Tech­niques)
Care­givers Alliance (free train­ing in Eng­lish and Chi­nese)
Cen­tre For Seniors (offers a three-​hour train­ing pro­gramme called “Car­ing for Per­sons with Dementia” – touches on under­stand­ing demen­tia, recog­nis­ing signs and symp­toms, demen­tia and com­mu­ni­ca­tions, and engag­ing the per­son with demen­tia, S$30 per per­son (min­i­mum class 10 pax), con­tact: Ms Lo Choe Har, 6478 5014, chuehar.​lo@​cfs.​org.​sg)
Montes­sori for Demen­tia Care (offers fam­ily care­giver train­ing as well as domes­tic helper training)


CARE­GIV­ING SUP­PORT SER­VICES:

Alzheimer’s Dis­ease Asso­ci­a­tion (helpline – 6377 0700, Mon­days to Fri­days, 9am – 6pm)
AWWA (care­givers info­line – 6511 5318, Mon­days to Fri­days, 9am – 6pm)
Care­giv­ing Wel­fare Asso­ci­a­tion (offers online coun­selling ser­vices)
O’Joy Care Ser­vices (offers coun­selling ser­vices)
PatientsEn­gage (offers a patient/​caregiver sup­port online plat­form)
• Project We For­got (offers an online sup­port group par­tic­u­larly for youths)
Samar­i­tans of Sin­ga­pore (18002214444)
Sil­ver Care­givers Co-​operative (offers dis­counts for health screen­ings for care­givers, care­giver train­ing, as well as a mentor-​mentee programme)


COMPANY/​ORGANISATION TRAIN­ING TO BUILD ELDER-​FRIENDLY COMMUNITIES:

For­get Us Not (train­ing on demen­tia by KTPH) (e-​mail to: info@​forgetusnot.​sg)
NTUC Learn­ing Hub and Cen­tre For Seniors (offers a one-​day pro­gramme) (call 6266 5482 or e-​mail to: lhub-​bd@​ntuclearninghub.​com)


COM­MU­NITY ENGAGE­MENT & AWARENESS:

For­get Us Not (sign up to be a Demen­tia Friend) (on the web­site you can down­load the For­get Us Not Demen­tia hand­book and a book­let “Under­stand­ing Demen­tia” by KTPH, and see a num­ber of videos)
Dementia-​Friendly Com­mu­ni­ties (DFC) (an ini­tia­tive by MOH and AIC, which also has Go-​To Points + resource toolk­its for elder­care providers and those with demen­tia and their caregivers)


COUN­SELLING SER­VICES FOR CARE­GIVERS:

Alzheimer’s Dis­ease Asso­ci­a­tion
Demen­tia Sup­port Group by KTPH


DIAG­NOS­ING DEMEN­TIA – to assess those with mem­ory problems:

Insti­tute of Men­tal Helth (Mem­ory Clinic)
Khoo Teck Puat Hos­pi­tal (Geri­atric Med­i­cine)
National Neu­ro­science Insti­tute (Neu­ro­science Clinic)
Tan Tock Seng Hos­pi­tal (Geri­atric Med­i­cine Clinic’s Mem­ory Clinic)


FINAN­CIAL HELP – eas­ing bur­den of care:

Care­givers Train­ing Grant (pro­vides S$200 for care­givers to attend train­ing courses each year to bet­ter equip them with the nec­es­sary skills and know-​how in car­ing for their loved ones)
For­eign Domes­tic Worker Grant and Levy Con­ces­sion (grant – pro­vides S$120 each month to fam­i­lies who employ for­eign domes­tic help to care for seniors at home, levy – for these fam­i­lies has also been reduced from S$120 to S$60 per month since May 2015)
Seniors’ Mobil­ity and Enabling Fund (sub­si­dies for trans­port to elder­care cen­tres, day hos­pices and dial­y­sis cen­tres, and sub­si­dies to off­set the cost of pur­chas­ing assis­tive aids and home health­care items)


HELPLINES:

Sin­ga­pore Sil­ver Line (by AIC(to get con­nected to elder­care and care­giver sup­port ser­vices in Singapore) – 1800 650 6060 (Mon­day to Fri­day, 8.30am to 8.30pm) & Sat­ur­day, 8.30am to 4pm) (AIC also has AICare Links located at the five hos­pi­tals and at its office at Maxwell Road where care con­sul­tants advise care­givers and their loved ones from find­ing care at home and care­giver sup­port to assis­tance ini­tia­tives and grants)
Demen­tia Helpline (by ADA) (for care­givers who are car­ing for per­sons liv­ing with dementia) – 1800 223 1123 (Mon­day to Fri­day, 8.30am to 5pm & Sat­ur­day, 8.30am to 1pm)
Health Pro­mo­tion Board Demen­tia Info­line (for cae­givers who are car­ing for per­sons liv­ing with dementia) – 6377 0700 (Mon­day to Fri­day, 9am to 6pm)


IDEN­TI­FI­CA­TION CARD:

Alzheimer’s Dis­ease Asso­ci­a­tion (Safe Return Card – an iden­ti­fi­ca­tion card to pro­tect and help per­sons with demen­tia)
AIC ICE(D) (a sticker iden­ti­fi­ca­tion affixed on an EZ-​Link Card or other items that seniors are likely to carry, con­tains next-​of-​kin + contact)


INFOR­MA­TION ON DEMENTIA:

Alzheimer’s Dis­ease Association


PROD­UCTS FOR THOSE WITH DEMENTIA:

Hua Hee matching/​snap game
KYDZ Inter­na­tional (Sil­ver Age prod­ucts like sewing blocks and yes­ter­days book)


LOCAL WEB­SITES ON DEMENTIA:

Project We For­got (focuses on bring­ing aware­ness of Alzheimer’s to the youths)


With dementia cases on the rise, we at Ageless Online wants to provide caregivers with as much resources as possible to help them care for their loved ones with dementia. The information below is only a start and more information will be added as we go along. We are currently adding more details to each of the entries:

 

BOOKS (SINGAPORE) RELATED TO DEMENTIA:

Grandmother’s Garden and Other Stories
Voices from the Heart – Living with Dementia (a dementia resource book)
Burden No More
** For overseas books that are related on dementia for caregivers such as activities for elderly, and understanding dementia, you can source them from KYDZ International.


 

CAREGIVING HELP (includes home-care services) – caregiving assistance at home and outside:

Active Global Caregivers (live-in, specialised caregivers)
• Agency for Integrated Care (AIC) (provides a list of dementia day care centres)
All Saints Home (has a dementia ward in its home in Jurong East)
Alzheimer’s Disease Association (has dementia day care – New Horizon Centres at Bukit Batok, Jurong Point, Tampines and Toa Payoh which offer an early dementia programme for those at an early stage of dementia + Family of Wisdom programme at two locations. It also has an Elder Sitter service which engages those with dementia at home and gives respite to caregivers, call 6377 0700)
Caregiver Asia (ad-hoc services such as exercise and games companion, etc)
Coddle (to handle medical chaperone and befriending. For ADL cases, those will need to be evaluated)
Comfort Keepers (provides in-home care such as meal preparation, light housekeeping, etc)
Montessori for Dementia Care (offers group or individualised activities) (Montessori approach – www.alzheimers.net/2014-05-27/montessori-method-dementia/)
NTUC Health (formerly NTUC Eldercare) (offers mentally-stimulating activities for seniors with dementia)
Thye Hua Kwan Moral Charities (provides an Elder Sitter service, call 6690 0110 or e-mail: ipal@thkmc.org.sg)
PAP Community Foundation (senior care centre – day care services for those suffering from dementia and frail elderly)
St Joseph’s Home (Dusk to Dawn programme – evening and overnight respite service within a nursing home)


 

CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUPS – bringing together those caring for dementia patients: 

Alzheimer’s Disease Association (Mandarin, Malay and English)
Caregivers Alliance (Caregiver Support Centre at Institute of Mental Health (IMH) is manned by mental health professionals and caregiver support specialists, who will reach out to caregivers, provide information, and offer referral and counselling services for the caregivers)
Caregiving Welfare Association
Khoo Teck Puat Hospital (Dementia Support Group)
National Neuroscience Institute (Dementia Support Group – CARe Programme (Cognitive Assessment & Rehabilitation) – they offer talks on effective communication, managing caregiver stress and coming up with meaningful activities)


 

CAREGIVER TRAINING/INFORMATION:

AWWA (Caregiving Life Skills Training Series + Caregiver’s Handbook)
Aaxonn (conducts home- and classroom-based caregiver training for family caregivers and foreign domestic workers caring for elderly, two courses on related to dementia include Caring for Persons with Dementia and Dementia Problem Solving and Communication Techniques)
Caregivers Alliance (free training in English and Chinese)
Centre For Seniors (offers a three-hour training programme called “Caring for Persons with Dementia” – touches on understanding dementia, recognising signs and symptoms, dementia and communications, and engaging the person with dementia, S$30 per person (minimum class 10 pax), contact: Ms Lo Choe Har, 6478 5014, chuehar.lo@cfs.org.sg)
Montessori for Dementia Care (offers family caregiver training as well as domestic helper training)


 

CAREGIVING SUPPORT SERVICES:

Alzheimer’s Disease Association (helpline – 6377 0700, Mondays to Fridays, 9am – 6pm)
AWWA (caregivers infoline – 6511 5318, Mondays to Fridays, 9am – 6pm)
Caregiving Welfare Association (offers online counselling services)
O’Joy Care Services (offers counselling services)
PatientsEngage (offers a patient/caregiver support online platform)
• Project We Forgot (offers an online support group particularly for youths)
Samaritans of Singapore (1800-221-4444)
Silver Caregivers Co-operative (offers discounts for health screenings for caregivers, caregiver training, as well as a mentor-mentee programme)


 

COMPANY/ORGANISATION TRAINING TO BUILD ELDER-FRIENDLY COMMUNITIES:

Forget Us Not (training on dementia by KTPH) (e-mail to: info@forgetusnot.sg)
NTUC Learning Hub and Centre For Seniors (offers a one-day programme) (call 6266 5482 or e-mail to: lhub-bd@ntuclearninghub.com)


 

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT & AWARENESS:

Forget Us Not (sign up to be a Dementia Friend) (on the website you can download the Forget Us Not Dementia handbook and a booklet “Understanding Dementia” by KTPH, and see a number of videos)
Dementia-Friendly Communities (DFC) (an initiative by MOH and AIC, which also has Go-To Points + resource toolkits for eldercare providers and those with dementia and their caregivers)


 

COUNSELLING SERVICES FOR CAREGIVERS:

Alzheimer’s Disease Association
Dementia Support Group by KTPH


 

DIAGNOSING DEMENTIA – to assess those with memory problems:

Institute of Mental Helth (Memory Clinic)
Khoo Teck Puat Hospital (Geriatric Medicine)
National Neuroscience Institute (Neuroscience Clinic)
Tan Tock Seng Hospital (Geriatric Medicine Clinic’s Memory Clinic)


 

FINANCIAL HELP – easing burden of care:

Caregivers Training Grant (provides S$200 for caregivers to attend training courses each year to better equip them with the necessary skills and know-how in caring for their loved ones)
Foreign Domestic Worker Grant and Levy Concession (grant – provides S$120 each month to families who employ foreign domestic help to care for seniors at home, levy – for these families has also been reduced from S$120 to S$60 per month since May 2015)
Seniors’ Mobility and Enabling Fund (subsidies for transport to eldercare centres, day hospices and dialysis centres, and subsidies to offset the cost of purchasing assistive aids and home healthcare items)


 

HELPLINES:

Singapore Silver Line (by AIC) (to get connected to eldercare and caregiver support services in Singapore) – 1800 650 6060 (Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 8.30pm) & Saturday, 8.30am to 4pm) (AIC also has AICare Links located at the five hospitals and at its office at Maxwell Road where care consultants advise caregivers and their loved ones from finding care at home and caregiver support to assistance initiatives and grants)
Dementia Helpline (by ADA) (for caregivers who are caring for persons living with dementia) – 1800 223 1123 (Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5pm & Saturday, 8.30am to 1pm)
Health Promotion Board Dementia Infoline (for caegivers who are caring for persons living with dementia) – 6377 0700 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm)


 

IDENTIFICATION CARD:

Alzheimer’s Disease Association (Safe Return Card – an identification card to protect and help persons with dementia)
• AIC ICE(D) (a sticker identification affixed on an EZ-Link Card or other items that seniors are likely to carry, contains next-of-kin + contact)


 

INFORMATION ON DEMENTIA:

Alzheimer’s Disease Association


 

PRODUCTS FOR THOSE WITH DEMENTIA:

Hua Hee matching/snap game
KYDZ International (Silver Age products like sewing blocks and yesterdays book)


 

LOCAL WEBSITES ON DEMENTIA:

Project We Forgot (focuses on bringing awareness of Alzheimer’s to the youths)