There are around 100,000 demented patients in Hong Kong. Studies show that the number will increase dramatically to 330,000 in 2039. While people often mistake dementia for memory loss, patients will actually deteriorate with impaired functioning in daily activities. In late stage, they may become totally dependent, and some cannot even recognise their relatives. The carer’s responsibilities and being seen as a stranger is a torment to the patients’ family members. Early intervention is essential to retain patients’ dignity and maintain domestic harmony.
Community Education: Arouse people’s attention to the health of the brain
Early assessment: Provide assessment, and referral if necessary, for elderly who show signs of degeneration
Cognitive training: Improve patients’ social and cognitive ability with evidence-based methods, e.g. reminiscence therapy, sensory stimulation, therapeutic horticulture, etc.
Training for carers: Provide family members and foreign domestic helpers knowledge on caring skills and help establish positive attitudes
Emotional Support: Set up hotlines, counselling services and support groups for information sharing and mutual support
Day Respite Service: Arrange temporary day care service to ease the pressure on the carers, and provide rehabilitation and cognitive training to the elderly to prevent rapid deterioration
For every HK$10,000 donation, eight families will be provided with related training and home care services for four months. Demented patients can then enjoy timely intervention to delay their physical and cognitive decline, and their family and carers will receive understanding and support that they long for.