Enabling Festival 2019: Understanding Dementia

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Dementia is a degenerative condition of the brain and affects other aspects of brain functions as it progresses. Persons with dementia frequently have care needs that can cause significant stress for their caregivers.

In a series of 2 talks held at the National Design Centre as part of the Enabling Festival 2019, our speakers explored the following topics:

  • Different types of dementia, and their symptoms

  • How dementia affects the person’s ability to live independently

  • Challenges the family may face caring for their loved ones with dementia

  • Practical steps that can be taken to minimise the impact

  • Creating a safe home environment for persons with dementia

  • Introduction to various support avenues for families and how to access these services.


The talks were well-received by the audience. Thank you to our speakers from the Institute of Mental Health (IMH): Senior Consultant Psychiatrist Dr Magadi Harish and Senior Occupational Therapist Ong Xin Ling.


About Enabling Festival:

The Enabling Festival aims to educate the community on leveraging design, art and technology to make an impact on persons with dementia and their caregivers. This is in service of our ultimate goal to build a dementia-friendly community.