Tackling dementia with art

Accounting professional Daniel Lim (above left) with his parents, Madam Tan Quee Eng and Mr Peter Lim. The elder Mr Lim was diagnosed with dementia in 2009 and uses karaoke to help him connect with family and keep his brain alert. A group of senior c
Artist Danny Raven Tan (right), a co-organiser of the upcoming Enabling Festival, uses art to connect with his mother, Madam Thian Chin Ngoh, who has dementia. With them is their domestic helper Avegail Baculana. ST PHOTO: SYAZA NISRINA
Accounting professional Daniel Lim (above left) with his parents, Madam Tan Quee Eng and Mr Peter Lim. The elder Mr Lim was diagnosed with dementia in 2009 and uses karaoke to help him connect with family and keep his brain alert. A group of senior c
Accounting professional Daniel Lim (above left) with his parents, Madam Tan Quee Eng and Mr Peter Lim. The elder Mr Lim was diagnosed with dementia in 2009 and uses karaoke to help him connect with family and keep his brain alert. ST PHOTO: ZHANG XUAN FOR THE STRAITS TIMES
Accounting professional Daniel Lim (above left) with his parents, Madam Tan Quee Eng and Mr Peter Lim. The elder Mr Lim was diagnosed with dementia in 2009 and uses karaoke to help him connect with family and keep his brain alert. A group of senior c
Patients from the Alzheimer’s Disease Association took part in three sessions at the Peranakan Museum, where they dressed up in kebayas and took photos, which are on display at the museum as part of the ongoing Amek Gambar: Peranakans And Photography exhibition. PHOTO: ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE ASSOCIATION
Accounting professional Daniel Lim (above left) with his parents, Madam Tan Quee Eng and Mr Peter Lim. The elder Mr Lim was diagnosed with dementia in 2009 and uses karaoke to help him connect with family and keep his brain alert. A group of senior c
As part of a pilot project between the National Arts Council and the Agency for Integrated Care, arts educator Moses Sia worked with participants from Econ Medicare Centre and Nursing Home, some of whom had dementia, to create puppet characters for an imaginary kopitiam. PHOTO: AGENCY FOR INTEGRATED CARE
Accounting professional Daniel Lim (above left) with his parents, Madam Tan Quee Eng and Mr Peter Lim. The elder Mr Lim was diagnosed with dementia in 2009 and uses karaoke to help him connect with family and keep his brain alert. A group of senior c
A group of senior citizens at high risk of dementia – but not diagnosed with it – were put in a choir as part of a National University of Singapore study on whether music can help dementia. The singers continue to practise every Thursday at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music. ST PHOTO: JEREMY KWAN

Studies have shown that engaging in the arts, including music, visual arts and photography, can improve the well-being of those with dementia

Retired salesman Peter Lim was diagnosed with dementia in 2009, but his lifelong hobby of singing karaoke helps him continue to connect with family and exercise his brain.

The 80-year-old sings classic English love songs - such as Unchained Melody - daily to his 75-year-old wife, Madam Tan Quee Eng.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 02, 2018, with the headline 'Tackling dementia with art'. Print Edition | Subscribe