HKYWCA organised a carnival to increase public awareness on dementia
Supported by Social Welfare Department’s “Opportunities for the Elderly Project” (OEP), the Association’s Ming Yue District Elderly Community Centre and Hong Kong Chinese Women's Club College (HKCWCC) co-organised a carnival to increase public awareness on dementia and create an age-friendly community.
The Association was honored to have Mr. Lee Pak Leung, Social Work Officer of Eastern & Wan Chai District of Social Welfare Department, Dr. Jonathan Chan, Associate Consultant (Medicine) of Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital and Mr. Yeung Chi Keung, principal of HKCWCC to attend the event. In order to let citizens know more about the disease, a group of volunteers staged a drama to show how elderly’s daily life can be affected. Dr. Chan also reminded participants to pay attention to the elderly in the family and see if they develop any of the ten major presentations of early stage dementia, e.g. change in personality, short-term memory loss etc.
Amusing performance and interactive booths also attracted much attention. Chair dance and African drum performance were interesting. At the game booths, participants were asked to differentiate sounds from several musical instruments, the five basic tastes, smells from different essential oil, etc., and hence encouraged to do basic training on the five senses with their elders at home. Transgenerational harmony was also promoted through the carnival.