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National pilot programme launched for caregivers to elderly

Published on Dec 16, 2012 9:56 AM
Mdm Neo, 76, getting checking for carbon monoxide levels in her body as well as checking her lung capacity by a health promotion board worker. A figure showing more than 3 would be deemed as toxic for the lungs. -- ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG

THE South West Community Development Council (CDC) launched a pilot programme to upgrade the knowledge and skills of caregivers to the elderly on Sunday morning.

Workshops on matters like nutrition, smoking control, managing chronic diseases, and mental wellness will be held over two years.

Anyone from the district can sign up for free for this "Caregivers Always Ready and Empowered" (C.A.R.E.) scheme. They will also receive a toolkit to learn more about common mental issues such as dementia among the old.

Launched by Minister of State for Health and the district's mayor Amy Khor at an Active Ageing roadshow in Bukit Batok, it will be rolled out to other parts of Singapore progressively in partnership with the Health Promotion Board (HPB).

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