Generation Grit: Teen looked after dementia-stricken dad from the age of 14

Ms Melissa Chan was 14 when her father was diagnosed with young onset dementia. She became one of his caregivers for 10 years and, after he died, founded Project We Forgot to give young caregivers a platform to share their experiences.
Miss Melissa Chan started social enterprise Project We Forgot in 2015, after years of caring for her father who had dementia and who died of cancer in 2014. Besides forming a community of support, the social enterprise also runs online and offline se
Miss Melissa Chan started social enterprise Project We Forgot in 2015, after years of caring for her father who had dementia and who died of cancer in 2014. Besides forming a community of support, the social enterprise also runs online and offline seminars on topics related to dementia, among other things.ST PHOTO: TIMOTHY DAVID

Melissa Chan became her father's caregiver at the age of 14 when he was diagnosed with young onset dementia. She shares her story in this series on millennials who inspire us.

The signs were there, although they did not recognise them at the time.

From a sociable and chatty man, Miss Melissa Chan's father became withdrawn, depressed and forgetful.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 15, 2019, with the headline 'Experience as teen caregiver drives her to help other young ones'. Print Edition | Subscribe