09 Oct '11, 11am

53,000 senior citizens above 60 are projected to suffer from dementia by 2020

53,000 senior citizens above 60 are projected to suffer from dementia by 2020, up from 20,000 now, according to the Health Promotion Board. In a bid to tackle this rising trend, HPB yesterday launched a Programme called the Mental First Aid Kit. This 12 week Programme aims to prevent the onset of dementia by using games and workshops to develop mental agility. It also teaches care-givers to recognise early signs. A pilot will be started among in the Marine Parade constituency, with a target to reach 2,500 residents above the age of 50. This constituency was chosen as it has a greying population with one in five residents aged 65 and above. 7.5 per cent of elderly there are also at risk of dementia, higher than the national average of 5.2 per cent. In the next three years, this Programme will be rolled out nationwide, said HPB chief executive Mr Ang Hak Seng.

Full article: http://www.todayonline.com/Singapore/EDC111009-0000051/HP...

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