Thursday, 13 July 2017


To:  Family Caregivers for persons with Alzheimer's Dementia, 

Caring for a person with dementia can be very stressful and traumatic at times. Dementia not only affects the person living with the condition, but also the entire family. The greatest challenge is on you, the caregiver. With a better understanding of dementia, you can plan for and cope with the challenges that you may encounter in your caregiving journey.

ADFM will be conducting another DEMENTIA CARE SKILLS (DCS) Training Workshop for family caregivers (and their care workers) on:

Date:     Saturday, 29 July 2017 (9.00am – 5.00pm), &  
              Sunday, 30 July 2017 (9.00am – 1.00pm)

Venue:  ADFM PJ Day-Care Centre, No. 6, Lorong 11/8E, Seksyen 11, 46200 Petaling Jaya

This one and a half-day interactive training comprising 4-modules is designed to support you in your caregiving role with essential knowledge and skills to care for the person with dementia and yourself, using the Person-Centred Care Approach through sharing of real-life scenarios, discussions and identify potential strategies for managing caregiver stress.

Learning Outcome:

Module 1: Impact of Dementia and Person-Centred Care
•     Identify the principles of Person Centered Care (PCC)
•     Recognize the impact of dementia on person with dementia, and family caregivers
•     Identify your own level of stress and self-care strategies
•     Identify community resources available to support family caregivers

Module 2: Behavioral and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia (BPSD)
•     Understanding behaviour associated with dementia
•     Identify potential triggers for behaviour associated with dementia
•     Identify a range of options for supporting the person with dementia

Module 3: Effective Communication
       Describe the impact of dementia on communication
       Identify strategies for effective communication with a person with dementia, including:
Reality orientation, Validation, Reminiscence

Module 4: Purposeful and Meaningful Engagement
•     Recognize the value of promoting engagement with life for a person with dementia
•     Recognize the value of activity for a person with dementia
•     Identify ways of adapting activities to meet individual needs

Day One
29 April 17 
0830 - 0900
0900 - 1100
1100 - 1115
1115 - 1315
1315 - 1400
1400 - 1600
1600 - 1615 
1615 - 1700

Module 1: Impact of Dementia and Person-Centered Care
Refreshment break
Module 2: Behavioural & Psychological Symptoms of Dementia Lunch break
Module 3 – Effective Communication
Tea break
Interactive Session
Q & A
Photo Session 
Day Two
30 April 17
0830 - 0900
0900 - 1115
1115 - 1130
1130 - 1300 
Module 4 – Purposeful & Meaningful Engagement
Refreshment break
Module 4 (Cont’d)
Interactive Session
Q & A
ADFM Team of Trainers / Facilitators:
(1)     Geriatrician, Dr Khor Hui Min
(2)     Ms Satiapoorany, retired Nursing Educator
(3)     Ms Tan Saw Cheang, retired Nursing Educator  

NO Registration Fees for family caregivers, care workers, and significant others of persons with dementia.

To register, please email: or via WhatsApp at 016 608 2513.

(1)    Full Name/s
(2)    Mobile contact
(3)    Email address
(4)    Indicate whether family caregiver or care worker, and
(5)    To whom you are caring for.

Best regards,
ADFM National Caregivers Support Network
To Join, Sign Up at:
ADFM National Caregivers Support Network is an online community platform for caregivers to seek support, information, advice, and share their caregiving challenges and experiences with other caregivers 

Sunday, 2 July 2017


A study in the December 2016 Journal of Nutrition, Health & Aging showed that drinking tea frequently is associated with a lower risk of dementia, especially for people who are genetically predisposed to the disease.

Researchers followed 957 older adults, average age 65, who were part of the Singapore Longitudinal Aging Study. Of these, 69% drank tea on a frequent basis. After a five-year period, the researchers found that the tea drinkers had a 50% lower risk of dementia. This is consistent with earlier findings that showed tea consumers scored higher on various cognitive tests.

The researchers also conducted genetic tests on the group and found that tea drinkers who carried the APOE4 gene variant, a known risk factor for Alzheimer's, were also at a lower risk compared with people who had APOE4 and did not drink tea.

How tea may help protect against dementia is not known, but other findings suggest that the brain-protecting effects of tea drinking could stem from bioactive compounds in tea leaves, such as flavonoids, which have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant potential, and L-theanine, which regulates neurotransmitter and brain activities.

It did not matter what kind of tea the people drank — black, green, and oolong all had the same association. The key was regular consumption, according to the scientists. The more the people drank tea, the stronger the relationship, and the best results were among those who had tea daily during the entire study period.

(Source:  Harvard Health Publication /Harvard Medical school, July 2017)