Health of elderly and retirees has always been the focus of the general public. The more intangible facet of emotional health plays an equally important role. Common conditions such as depression, anxiety and dementia run the risk of being overlooked due to lack of awareness. This can lead to the rise of “hidden cases”.
Mental health is not merely the absence of mental conditions. Emotional stability, passion in life, and social life are vital to achieving holistic mental health. The key to maintaining healthy main includes maintaining social life, contribution to the society, financial independent to sustain a retired lifestyle as well as having a positive outlook.
To the elderly, their old ways matter. Drastic changes to routines can have negative impacts mentally. Nothing is better than living in an environment that provides them with a sense of safety and familiarity. Interruptions to routines such as going in and out of hospitals or elderly homes should be kept to a minimum.... [Read More...]
More than 60 percent of respondents in a recent survey conducted by Active Global Specialised Caregivers, said that they do not know where to look for help if someone in their family or friends was diagnosed with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.
It is very significant that over 70 percent of the respondents indicated that their first sources for help will be hospitals / polyclinics and specialist doctors with another 20 percent indicating that they will turn to the Internet to look for helpful resources. With the respondents focusing on diagnosis-related help, the survey highlighted that there is a general lack of awareness for care and respite options as patients and family members have to live with the symptoms of dementia and Alzheimer’s for 4 to 8 years on average.
“With a rapidly ageing society in Singapore, the number of people above the age of 65 who are diagnosed with dementia is expected to hit 53,000 by 2020 and that number is poised to hit 187,000 by ... [Read More...]
A new, innovative partnership, signed on April 3rd between KAATSU International University of Sri Lanka, and Active Global Specialised Caregivers of Singapore, sets out to provide good employment opportunities in Singapore to Sri Lankans who are graduates of the elderly caregiver program of the KAATSU International University.
Rev Galagama Dammaransi Thero, Advisory Board Member of Green Cross of Sri Lanka, gave his blessings to the signature ceremony. Mr Hemantha Vijerathna – head of training dpt at Foreign Employment Bureau, Colombo, was also present.
While there is no shortage of Caregiver Training Programs in Sri Lanka, many fail to live-up to their promi... [Read More...]