Dementia Care

What is dementia?
Dementia is an umbrella term. A wide range of symptoms are covered, including memory loss and mental decline due to damaged nerve cells in the brain. Dementia affects individuals differently – in their thinking, behaviour, feelings, memory, and movement.  Simply put, the normal functions of the brain are disrupted. 

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More about dementia, its prevalence, and whether someone with dementia loses his God-given dignity

☛ On CAPS – Community Based Activity Programme for Seniors with Dementia

☛ Volunteers are blessed

To find out more, please contact Chang Chong Tian at 9880 9355 or chongtian.chang@brmc.org.sg

 

A testimony by Caroline Liew

My father was a clever, intelligent and handsome man.
Still handsome!
He was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s 6 years ago.

We were in denial at the beginning. I was very unhappy when the neurologist told me to take him home and love him.

God opened my eyes and that what’s I did.
Accepting and dealing with the situation in love made me more able to deal with the situation.
I thank God for my father for the privilege of having him with me longer.
Every day is precious when I reflect on God’s kindness.
He will never leave us nor forsake us. He is with us to the end of our days.
My father made more friends since his sickness than before. Many of his friends are in Barker Road.

Thank God, they are patient, kind and loving.
At CAPS last week (Sat, Aug 24), he was so happy, surrounded by a loving community.

About Dementia

Many causes lead to dementia, eg, a stroke may damage nerve cells. We should gently refer a person who show signs of dementia to a geriatric doctor to confirm the diagnosis of dementia, so that we can best walk with the person in this difficult journey.

Is dementia common?
Yes, it is, especially among the elderly. One in ten Singaporeans aged 60 and over has dementia. For those over 85, it is one in three.

However, it is not as common as the other chronic health conditions among the seniors, like high blood pressure; high blood cholesterol; cataract; joint pain, arthritis, rheumatism or nerve pain; and diabetes.

Does dementia cause the person to lose his God-given dignity?
No.

Every person is created by God “in His image” (Genesis 1:27). God sees in every one a resemblance to Himself. However, we must never presume humanity to be identical to God. Only Jesus bears “the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being” (Hebrews 1:3).

God’s love is unconditional, not dependent upon our intellect, abilities, accomplishments, possessions, not even our spirituality. After all, God so loves humanity that He gave His only Son Jesus for the salvation of all who believe in Him (John 3:16).

So we must remember that the loss of memory and other thinking skills do not diminish the high regard God has for humanity. Instead, just as Jesus has loved us, so must we love our neighbour (John 13:34), even our friends and loved ones with dementia.

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Community based Activity Program for Seniors with dementia

 
 

What is CAPS?
CAPS is the acronym for Community Based Activity Programme for Seniors with Dementia. It is modelled on a community activity programme run by the Alzheimer’s Disease Association (ADA).

Every month, we meet for 2 ½ hours of social and spiritual interaction to improve the physical, psychological and spiritual well-being of our seniors and friends with dementia.

When will we be meeting?
Our scheduled sessions for the next 6 months are:

  • Sat, Nov 16 at Wesley Hall (level U3)
  • Sat, Dec 7 at Wesley Hall (level U3)
  • Sat, Jan 18 at Wesley Hall (level U3)
  • Sat, Feb 15 at Wesley Hall (level U3)
  • Sat, Mar 21 at Wesley Hall (level U3)
  • Sat, Apr 18 at Wesley Hall (level U3)

What is the purpose of CAPS?
CAPS aims to be God’s love in action at BRMC in relationship, in solidarity and in God’s power.

In RELATIONSHIP
Jesus commands His disciples, “As I have loved you, so you must love one another” (John 13:34b).

Through worship, exercise, crafts and games during CAPS, Christian volunteers help families whose loved ones have dementia to communally experience God’s care and love.

In SOLIDARITY
Jesus calls us His friend, His brother and sister.

In every CAPS activity, Christian volunteers stand in solidarity with the families whose loved ones have dementia. They give each family their whole-selves, empathetic ears to listen, willing hands to help, and caring hearts to love.

In GOD’S POWER
…the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline (2 Timothy 1:7).

CAPS aims to help everyone to experience the power of God’s joyful love in action. In every programme segment, there are ample opportunities for both volunteer helpers and families who have loved ones with dementia to receive God’s love and to give this love to one another.

How is CAPS different from secular programmes for caregivers?
The top three aspirations for old age in Singapore are

  • HEALTH & WELLNESS,
  • FINANCIAL PREPAREDNESS and
  • SENSE OF PURPOSE

Activity programmes can only nurture health and wellness. Wise planning can only promote financial preparedness. Only God can reveal His plans and purposes for us (Jeremiah 29:11). Only the assurance of our Creator who promised “to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” can comfort the families coping with caring for loved ones with dementia in the last stage of life.

CAPS aims to help both the persons with dementia and their caregiving families to find God and His purpose for them in their daily life.

What is the programme structure of CAPS?

  • Welcome
  • Opening Prayer
  • Praise and Thanksgiving
  • Short Meditation
  • Exercise – Worshipping with our bodies
  • Crafts – Creating something beautiful together as offering to God
  • Games – Renewing our minds to live a victorious life
  • Benediction

 

Who will benefit from CAPS?

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Volunteers are blessed

Volunteers are blessed
Dementia afflicts different people differently. People with similar degrees of dementia can behave differently. Some may be anxious, upset, timid and frightened. Others may be over-confident, reassured, or even dismissive of care.

Care for persons with dementia is demanding on the caregiver. It must be individualised to meet the needs appropriate to the person with the condition.

Communication with a person with dementia is often difficult. Depending on the progress of their condition, they can be silent, repetitive, unreserved and unintentionally hurtful in their words and deeds.

The experience of caring for the person with dementia has been likened to the disciplines of spiritual formation.

God uses our interaction with them, to teach us active listening skills, to shape our hearts in Christ’s likeness, and grant us the experience of His grace even more.

Please pray with us for workers for this ministry. Please join us to be a blessing to the families whose loved ones have dementia.

To register, please contact Chang Chong Tian at 9880 9355 or chongtian.chang@brmc.org.sg

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CAPS is for family, caregivers, and domestic helpers

Being a caregiver to our loved one with dementia can be draining.

“Dad/Mom is not the same person we knew. He/She has become so helpless, so useless, so hopeless. No one knows my problems. No one can adequately help me. I don’t know how to cope to care for him/her?”

CAPS aims to be the place of joyful love in action. Every activity in CAPS is a platform to learn from one another how to joyfully give love to persons with dementia and give support to their family caregivers.

Come and join us for joyful fellowship.

To register, please contact Chang Chong Tian at 9880 9355 or chongtian.chang@brmc.org.sg

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CAPS for those with dementia to find God’s love in action

Christian love is not confined to intellectual communication. It is expressed through touch, words of encouragement, songs, stories, and community life. There are the platforms CAPS uses for persons with dementia to experience this love in action. We believe the experience of Christian love gives life to them.

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