What is Dementia?

What is Dementia?

22 Oct 2019
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Dementia can affect memory, thinking and reasoning skills, and can impact behaviour, feelings and relationships. It makes it more difficult for a person to do everyday activities and take care of themselves. It is not a part of normal aging.

It is possible to lower the risk of dementia through lifestyle choices and habits, including staying mentally and physically active, eating healthily and staying socially engaged.


10 Warning Signs of Dementia

  • Memory Loss that Affects Day-to-Day Functions
  • Difficulty Doing Familiar Tasks
  • Confusion about Time and Place
  • Problems Communicating
  • Difficulty Planning or Solving Problems
  • Poor or Decreased Judgement
  • Misplacing Things
  • Changes in Mood or Behaviour
  • Changes in Personality
  • Withdrawal from Work or Social Activities

Source: Healthhub.sg

Read more about the signs and symptoms of dementia, and where to get treatment.


What can you do if you suspect a loved one may have dementia?

Consult your family doctor for an initial assessment. If necessary, the doctor may refer you to specialists.

Dementia diagnosis can be done in several places, including Khoo Teck Puat Hospital, Institute of Mental Health, Changi General Hospital, Tan Tock Seng Hospital, National University Hospital and Singapore General Hospital. There is also Mood and Dementia screenings conducted all across Singapore, as part of Project Silver Screen. For more information, email [email protected].


Other useful resources

Call a Helpline
HPB Dementia Infoline: 1800 223 1123
Alzheimer’s Dementia Association Dementia Helpline: 6377 0700

Be part of a Dementia-friendly Community
Download the Dementia Friends app for resources and support on dementia and caregiving.

Download on Google Play Store
Download on Apple App Store

Read about how a devoted husband cares and loves his wife who has dementia here.

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