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Hospitals gear up for spike in dementia cases

IMH to open homely wards with 'memory cubby holes' by bedside for patients

Published on Jan 19, 2014 6:53 AM
 
Dementia clients and their caregivers making pineapple tarts as part of a cooking therapy class in a mock-up kitchen at ADA's training centre in Bendeemer Road. Cooking is used as a tool to bond and jog memories. -- ST PHOTO: ONG WEE JIN

New facilities for dementia patients are being launched as hospitals and help agencies gear up for a surge in the number of people who seek earlier help for the disease.

Next month, the Institute of Mental Health (IMH) will open its wards specially for dementia patients.

Designed to create a homely environment, the wards lead to a garden. There will be "memory cubby holes" installed by the bedside for patients to place cherished items that may help trigger their memory.

The colours and materials of furniture in the wards are specially selected to provide a calming environment.

 
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Background story

DEMENTIA IN SINGAPORE

28,000 - Number of Singaporeans aged 60 and above with dementia

80,000 -Projected number of such cases by 2030