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Caring for dementia patients has its rewards

Published on Oct 26, 2012 5:41 PM
 
Madam Alice Tan (right) gave up her job as a masseuse six months ago to care for her 80-year-old mother, Madam Thong Yoke Yin. Madam Thong has severe dementia. While looking after loved ones with dementia can be tough, learning to see the bright side of the experience can help to lighten the load for caregivers. -- ST PHOTO: ASHLEIGH SIM

While looking after loved ones with dementia can be tough, learning to see the bright side of the experience can help to lighten the load for caregivers.

Caregivers and healthcare professionals can learn how to do so at a programme called Caregivers Recharged! on Saturday.

Organised by Khoo Teck Puat Hospital (KTPH), the full day programme includes talks by experts in various fields. Caregivers Recharged! will be held at YWCA Fort Canning Lodge from 8.30am to 5pm. Call 6602-3388 or visit www.ktph.com.sg. The public can also walk in to register.

Dr Philip Yap, a senior consultant in geriatric medicine at KTPH, said focusing on the positive gains of caregiving can serve as a buffer against "the travails of caregiving",

 
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