Programme to raise awareness of dementia among Malay community

PHOTO: Programme to raise awareness of dementia among Malay community

SINGAPORE - The Health Promotion Board (HPB) is partnering the South East Mosque Cluster and Geylang Serai CC to conduct a mental wellbeing programme in Malay, so as to better address the mental wellbeing of the Malay elderly.

According to a media statement released by the HPB, it is estimated that about 28,000 seniors aged 60 and above live with dementia in Singapore currently, and this number is expected to increase to 50,000 by 2020.

But a survey conducted by the Board revealed that the awareness level of the signs of dementia is relatively lower among Malay residents, compared toothers.

A Malay version of its popular Nurture Your Mind programme will be launched to raise awareness of the importance of mental wellbeing within the Malay community.

During the eight-week programme, participants will learn tips to improve mental wellbeing, as well as an understanding of dementia and depression through a series of activity-based workshops.

The HPB aims to get 1,000 Malay seniors living in the South East district to enrol in programme by 2013.