- This Exhibition is the first of its kind organised to create an awareness of the prevalent neurological diseases in Singapore, and the importance of preventive care.
- Interactive panels at the exhibition will display facts and tips for viewers on ageing diseases like Dementia and Parkinson’s Disease (PD), and life-changing conditions such as Stroke and Brain Tumours.
- Engaging activities will educate people on the human brain and its various functions, as well as on the challenges patients face in their daily lives.
To bring about greater awareness of neurological disorders in Singapore, the National Neuroscience Institute (NNI) presents its first-ever “One Heart, One Mind” Neuro-Awareness Exhibition. Held at the Singapore Changi Airport, Terminal 3, from 2 September to 12 September 2016, the 11-day Exhibition will reach out to visitors with facts and tips on neurological diseases.
The Opening Ceremony of “One Heart, One Mind” will take place on September 3, and will be graced by Dr Amy Khor, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources & Ministry of Health. The Ceremony will later move on to a Ferrari ride for stroke survivors and caregivers.
The Need to Increase Awareness of Neurological Disorders
These conditions are part of what Singapore may possibly encounter as our country faces a rapidly ageing population in the coming decades. This demographic change will bring about significant health challenges, and neurological conditions will become a leading cause of death or disability. As some diseases can affect any person across age, gender and ethnicity, it is important for families to learn about the causes, identify symptoms for earlier diagnosis and treatment, and recognise the need for specialised care for neurological diseases.
Says Ms Sandra Koh, Chief Operating Officer, NNI, and the event chairperson, “There are very few awareness campaigns or publicity events on neurological conditions conducted in Singapore. Also, we have observed that most campaigns tend to focus on a single neurological disease, for example, stroke or dementia. With Singapore's rapidly ageing population and the increasing need to effectively manage neurological diseases, we felt that it is essential to boost awareness among the public by organising this unique Exhibition at a location mostly frequented by local families.”
Ms Lim Peck Hoon, Executive Vice President of Commercial, Changi Airport Group says, “Changi Airport is pleased to be NNI's partner as the host of its first-ever Neuro-Awareness Exhibition. The exhibition delivers important information about neurological conditions and we are proud to be supporting it. The airport is a favourite haunt for families and certainly a place for effective outreach to Singapore residents. We believe they will find the interactive activities interesting, while learning more about the subject.”
Interactive Activities at the Exhibition
At the Neuro-Awareness Exhibition, informational panels will be on display to educate visitors about the ageing conditions, such as Dementia and Parkinson’s Disease (PD), and life-changing conditions such as Stroke and Brain Tumours. These panels will carry infographics on the prevalence of the diseases in Singapore, the signs and symptoms to look out for, as well as the risk factors, and preventive measures to observe – the need for early detection through identifying the early warning signs, performing self-checks and getting timely interventions for better disease control. In addition, the exhibition will showcase engaging and interactive activities such as the Magnetic Maze Wall and The Shoelace Challenge, allowing viewers to experience the challenges patients face in their daily lives.
Another highlight is a 3D-hologram installation that will illustrate different parts of the human brain and the functions of each part that play vital roles in a person’s daily lifestyle. Visitors will also be able to learn more about the transformation of patient care with NNI’s active clinical care programmes, support groups and neuroscience research. In addition, NNI hopes to give the public a better understanding of how it proactively supports patient care in Singapore, together with the community, with “One Heart, One Mind”.