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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