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Living with dementia can be hard, both for the person with dementia and their caregivers, but
Young Onset Dementia (when someone is diagnosed with dementia before the age of 65 years), and less common forms of dementia have additional distinct challenges.
National Neuroscience Institute (NNI)
Cognitive Assessment Rehabilitation (CARe) Programme runs support groups where these challenges can be discussed openly in a supportive environment. Sharing practical information and connecting caregivers with others who understand the problems and frustrations they face can provide much needed support to help them through the rough times and celebrate positive moments that make caregiving meaningful.
NNI CARe Programme supports two interest groups for caregivers who are looking after people with:
Please note – these support groups are only open to caregivers of patients with these conditions who are treated at NNI @ Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH) Campus and NNI @ Singapore General Hospital Campus (SGH).
Meetings are currently held throughout the year via Zoom and usually include a member sharing session and a guest speaker. Previous topics include:
Lasting Power of Attorney
Mental well-being for caregivers
Behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia
Activities to engage persons with dementia
Communicating with someone with dementia
Caregivers of patients who are treated at NNI@TTSH Campus and NNI@SGH Campus (Clinic L, SGH) can find out more information from their care team or email:
Click on the discussion group that you would like to participate in.
Being diagnosed with dementia and learning how to navigate through it can feel intimidating. In the Dementia Care Community, you will never feel alone. Join in the discussion and learn more on early recognition and support for persons with dementia.
While making sure to give the best care to your loved one, it is equally important to pay attention to your own mental and physical well-being. Join a support group to connect with other caregivers facing similar experiences.