What is dementia?
Dementia is an illness that affects the brain, leading to a decline in one’s abilities in judgement, language, planning and behaviour.
Dementia can affect anyone, although it is most likely to occur in those over 60. The risk of dementia increases with age, but it is not a normal part of ageing.
A humorous glimpse of dementia from “Money No Enough 2”. (credits to Jack Neo)
How to get a diagnosis of dementia? (credits to Alzheimers Research UK)
What is the situation like in Singapore?
In Singapore, 1 in 10 people aged 60 and above has dementia. As the population ages, dementia is expected to be a growing problem.
How can you learn more?
At Brahm Centre, we organise talks and seminars by experts on dementia to help you learn how to reduce risks, detect early signs or care for yourself or someone you love.
What can you do?
Early detection of dementia is essential because there are effective treatments to manage the symptoms and improve the quality of life for the patient.
What are the symptoms?
- Forgetfulness that affects day-to-day functioning
- Difficulty planning or solving problems
- Withdrawal from work or social activities
- Confusion of time and place
- Changes in personality, mood or behaviour
- Poor or diminished judgement
- Difficulty doing familiar tasks
- Problems communicating
- Misplacing things
If you spot any of these symptoms, sign up for dementia screening at our centres and various locations in the community. You can arrange for a dementia screening by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Outcomes from Brahm Centre’s Dementia & Depression Screenings (as of June 2018)