09 Oct '11, 6am

HPB launches mental health kit for the elderly

SINGAPORE: Senior citizens can guard against dementia and other mental illnesses linked to ageing with a new first aid kit. The kit was launched by the Health Promotion Board (HPB) Sunday morning as part of an annual walk at East Coast Park. It's a 12-week mental well-being programme - with workshops and activities to help boost memory, as well as information on the warning signs of dementia. The programme will be tried out next month in Marine Parade, which has a higher number of the elderly. A recent study found that it has more residents at risk of dementia - of 7.8 per cent compared with the national level of 5.2 per cent. About 20,000 people in Singapore who are aged 60 years and above suffer from dementia. The number is expected to increase by about three-fold by 2020. MP for East Coast GRC, Dr Mohamad Maliki Osman, who joined more than 4,000 participants at the walk...

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