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Here are two videos I would like to share. The first video was screened during Dr Donald Yeo's presentation at the seminar. It features well-known psychologist Dr Richard Taylor who has dementia. He has made it his mission to change public perception of people who have dementia.
The second video is a BBC interview with singer-songwriter Glen Campbell and his wife Kim after he was diagnosed with AD in June last year. At 76 and battling Alzheimer's, it is incredible that Campbell still remembers his lyrics and guitar chords. Truly an inspiration. Click here for a Youtube video of clips from Campbell's goodbye tour in February 2012. Do view especially if you are a Campbell fan.
In Singapore, it is estimated that about 28,000 seniors aged 60 and above suffer from dementia. This number is expected to increase to 80,000 by 2030. A study called WiSE (Well-being of the Singapore Elderly) is currently underway, led by the Institute of Mental Health, to better understand dementia in order to provide early intervention and reduce the burden on caregivers.
Alzheimer's Disease is the most common form of dementia. There is currently no cure for AD. For this reason, it is often referred to as 'The Long Goodbye'.