Community inclusion day increased public awareness on dementia
Dementia is a topic of growing concern in recent years. The Association is glad to work with Hang Lung Properties Limited and launch the 3-year Hang Lung x YWCA "Love. No. Limit" Dementia Friendly Program. To promote dementia friendliness among the public, a community inclusion day was held earlier, and attracted more than 2,000 participants, including families with dementia elderly as well as members of the wider community.
Apart from inter-generation performances, Mrs. Gwen Kao, Chairman of the Charles K. Kao Foundation for Alzheimer’s Disease and Dr. Chiu Ha Ying, Governor and Executive Committee Member of the Foundation, were also invited to attend the “Enduring Love” themed session to share invaluable information about dementia symptoms and care of patients.
The Dementia Friendly Art Gallery at the venue also showcased artworks created by dementia elderly to dispel the prejudice against the patients. In addition, the Jockey Club Charles Kao Brain Health Services provided free cognitive testing and brain health consultations to the public.
The "Love. No. Limit" Dementia Friendly Program has been running for a year and has served more than 900 patients and carers in attendance. We provided art activities for the patients to enhance their quality of life, and delay physical and cognitive decline. Support was also given to carers to relieve caring stress. The programme also trained Hang Lung Properties’ front-line staff and volunteers so that they can offer appropriate assistance to those in need in their daily work or during social services.
The community inclusion day was meaningful, not only because it reviewed the achievement so far, but also took a further step to promote dementia-friendly community to the public. We would like to initiate more educational experiences to deepen public awareness about dementia and build a caring and inclusive community.