For the record, here is a list of the doctors who spoke and their presentations:
- Dr Lee Fatt Soon (General Hospital, KL) - "Managing Medical Conditions in Dementia"
- Dr Donald Yeo Hong Huang (General Hospital, Singapore) - "Person-Centred Dementia Care - The Singapore Experience"
- Dr Ho Bee Kiau (Health Clinic, Klang) - "Mentally Stimulating Activities Can Delay Dementia"
- Dr Gemma KC Law Wong (Hongkong University, HK) - "Caring for Someone with Dementia in Home Environment"
- Dr Lu-Ann Chong (UMMC, PJ) - "Prevention of Alzheimer's Disease - Healthy Brain Initiatives"
- Dr Bharathi Vengadasalam (UPM, Serdang) - "Ain't Misbehaving: Understanding and Managing Difficult Behaviours"
- Dr Tan Maw Pin (Universiti Malaya) - "Fall Risk Assessment on people with Dementia and Effective Preventive Measures"
- Dr Esther Ebenezer (Royal College of Medicine, Ipoh) - "Caring for Someone with AD"
- Mr Thillainathan Krishnan (Hospital Selayang, KL) - "Assisted Daily Living for Person with Dementia"
|From left: Dr Gemma, Dr Lee and Dr Esther|
Day 1 began on Friday evening with an interactive caregivers' dialogue with Dr Gemma and Dr Esther. Caregivers shared their experiences looking after their elderly loved ones, and nurse managers of care centres also shared creative ideas on how to handle difficult situations with AD clients.
Everyone who spoke had the same advice to share with caregivers:
- Look after yourself. A stressed out caregiver is of little help to the person with AD
- Take a break when you feel overwhelmed, and don't feel guilty about it.
- Adopt a positive attitude and learn to accept little acts of 'misbehaviour'.
- Know you are not alone. Join an AD caregivers support group.
|Herbert Chong (right) shares the role of caregiver with his brother Chee Wah. Their father, Chong Kim Swee (left), 85, stays two weeks in rotation with each son. Shared responsibility helps to reduce the stress of care-giving.|
|Tan Suat Eng (right) with her mother Ng Siew Poh, 83. Mdm Ng lives with her youngest son on the first floor of a condo. Suat Eng is on the third floor so she gets to spend time with her mom daily. A very practical arrangement!|
Caring for a parent with AD requires the cooperation and support of the whole family. Care-giving is not only a drain on your financial resources but also on your energy. So when the whole family shares in looking after mom or dad, everyone benefits.
Here is a selection of slides that might be of interest to our viewers.
|Scary figures. Knowledge precedes action. Governments need to intervene and be prepared for the dementia tsunami as the population ages. (Above slides from Dr Lu-Ann Chong's presentation)|