The kampung model is a better way to help the aged with dementia

Every three seconds - the time it takes to take a sip of water or snap a photo - someone in the world is diagnosed with dementia. Over 50 million people are living with dementia globally, and the figure is expected to reach 75 million by 2030.

As we mark World's Alzheimer's Month in September, it is time to take a closer look at the challenges facing Singapore in the care of people with dementia, a number that will rise inexorably as its population ages. There are currently more than 50,000 people with dementia in Singapore and the number will top 100,000 by 2030.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 14, 2018, with the headline 'The kampung model is a better way to help the aged with dementia'. Print Edition | Subscribe