Living with Dementia

This panel will follow Still Mine

Did you know that one in 10 persons aged 60 years and above are diagnosed with dementia? This means that the likelihood of it happening to you and me, is high. This makes the issue even more relevant.

The dementia landscape in Singapore is changing. Households tend to be smaller and this means weaker support network and greater strain on the general population. Through this panel discussion, we will dialogue on dementia care for the elderly. By raising awareness on the realities surrounding dementia care, we hope to better prepare individuals for such a situation in the future. Furthermore, we want to cultivate a sense of empathy for persons with dementia and to discuss ways in which we can provide support.

The panel will also share tips on what individuals can do to lower their risk of dementia, and will also highlight key nursing and dementia home care options.

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Noorlinah Mohamed

Noorlinah is an award-winning actress, a teaching artist, creator of public engagement projects and a caregiver to her mother who is diagnosed with dementia. She has delivered talks, participated in panels and workshops as well as created a performance called ‘Recalling Mother’ produced by Checkpoint Theatre to raise awareness on dementia and caregiving.

Since 1988, she has performed and taught in Singapore, Asia, Europe and the United States. Noorlinah is a recipient of the JCCI Cultural Award (2008) and the Women’s Weekly Women of our Time Award (2005) for her contributions to the arts. She obtained her PhD in Arts Education from the University of Warwick in 2013 and was Director of The O.P.E.N., a pre-festival of ideas and public engagement initiative of the Singapore International Festival of Arts (2014-2017).

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Dian Karnina

Dian is a Psychologist/Manager at Apex Harmony Lodge, the first-purpose built home for people with dementia in Singapore.

In her role, she empowers individuals across the spectrum of the condition to live well, and advocates for the active involvement of various members of the community to create a dementia-friendly, respectful, and inclusive society. Currently, she drives the Therapy Through Work Program for People with Young Onset and Early Stage Dementia (TTW YES).

Master in Arts (Psychology), BSc Psychology (Behavioural Sciences)

Nancy Cheong

Nancy is presently an Outreach Manager with Caregivers Alliance Ltd (CAL), which is a professional non-profit organisation in Singapore dedicated to meeting the needs of caregivers of persons with mental health issues through education, support networks, crisis support, tailored services and self-care enablement. In her current job, she also set aside time as a Caregiver Counsellor to reach out to caregivers at Changi General Hospital and Ng Teng Fong General Hospital.

She received her Master of Social Sciences in Professional Counselling from Swinburne University of Technology, Australia. She has also completed a Specialist Diploma in Gerontological Counselling which offers a holistic training in the eldercare and silver sector to work with older people to improve their quality of life.   

Nancy started out in the banking and airline industries where she has amassed more than 10 years of experience in customer relations. She then started her own business dealing in health and wellness services and products where she was a successful entrepreneur for over the last 25 years before entering the social service sector.  Since joining CAL, Nancy has actively reached out to a wide spectrum of caregivers across different strata of the community, in particular those whose who are caring for their loved ones with mental health issues, providing them with training, support and counselling. She is especially passionate about working with persons with dementia and their caregivers, and it is her desire to become more involved in helping them to be resilient and to strengthen their well-being for their caregiving journey.

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Tammy Lim

Tammy graduated from Texas Woman’s University with a Master’s degree in Art (Music Therapy). She also holds a Bachelor of Psychology from University of North Texas. She is currently developing the music therapy program at Assisi Hospice in Singapore. Tammy’s work has been featured by Temasek Review 2017, the Straits Times, Lianhe Wanbao, and Feng Cai Magazine in Malaysia.

Tammy’s professional practice includes hospice/palliative care, children and adult bereavement, dementia, geriatric care, and mental health settings, both in Singapore and the United States. She has presented in several international and local conferences and trainings.

Tammy’s research interests lie primarily in pain management, loss and grief issues, and late stage dementia. Her research “Music Therapy in Collaboration with Multisensory for Individuals with Later Stages of Dementia” was presented at World Congress in Music Therapy in 2016. She is currently receiving the Bonny Method Guided Imagery and Music training under the supervision of Dr. Nicki Cohen from Texas, USA.

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Yang Tze Khoy

Yang is a retiree from the Singapore Armed Forces, is currently a full-time caregiver of both his parents. His mother was diagnosed with Vascular Dementia in 2010.

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