Saturday, 26 August 2017

9 & 10 SEPT 2017 - ADFM Commemoration of World Alzheimer's Month In Collaboration with Atria Shopping Gallery


Early Diagnosis Means I Can Live Well for Longer

9 & 10 SEPTEMBER 2017 (10.30am-9.00pm)

Event Highlights:

(9 September, 11.30am-1.00pm)

(10 September, 11.00am-2.30pm)

Informative Talks on Dementia & Health Awareness

Interactive Public Forums

Special Brain Gym/Abacus Activities & Music
(for Dementia Persons and their Caregivers)

Poster Exhibition
Exhibitor Booths

Exciting Musical Performances 

Atria Shopping Gallery – CENTRE COURT, GROUND FLOOR

Registration (media and guests) 
“Welcome Address” by Atria Management, Atria Shopping Gallery
“Opening Address” by Datuk Dr Yim Khai Kee, Chairman, ADFM Exco 
Message from DY Suharya, Regional Director, Asia Pacific Region, Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI)    
Speech by Puan Sri Wendy Ong, Patron of  ADFM
Launch of WAM 2017
Mock-Key Presentation of the Community Corner to Puan Sri Wendy Ong, Patron of ADFM


(1) Assemble and Flag-Off at Centre Court, Ground Floor
(2) Finish-Line at Community Corner (3 Floor) and Ribbon Cutting
(3) Registration Fee:  RM20/- per participant with T-Shirt and Goody Bag (FREE for AD person – accompanied by family caregiver) 
(4) To Register, Click On: Registration Form for Instructions and download
      Further enquiries:
      Please email : /
      Or WhatsApp +6016 608 2513
      Or call Telephone No. +603 7931 5850

Poco-Poco Line Dance Session by Alzheimer’s Indonesia


Public Awareness Talks:

(1)    Dementia Vs Old Age  by Dr Yau Weng Keong, Consultant Physician & Geriatrician 
(2)    Handling Challenges in Dementia by Dr Elizabeth Chong, Geriatrician 
(3)    Communication in Dementia by Dr Alan Pok, Geriatrician
Nutrition and Dementia by Ms Mageswary, Dietician
Quartet Performance by Eugene Pook (Music Director & Conductor of The Selangor Symphony Orchestra)
Poco-Poco Line Dance Session by Alzheimer’s Indonesia

9 & 10 SEPTEMBER 2017:
*     11.00am – 9.00pm : FREE Health Screening
** 11.00am – 4.00pm : FREE  “Memory Test”  by UMMC Geriatric Unit – Priority to aged 65 and above,  
                                     followed by other age group.



TREASURE HUNT "REMEMBER ME" Join the fun-filled Treasure Hunt to challenge your brain and stand a chance to walk away with fabulous prizes.

Pre-Register at before 5 September 2017 to participate. 
Limited to 50 groups only (2 pax per group).

12.00 pm
VPS Music School Graduation Performance


"Building A Dementia Friendly Community”  facilitated by Prof. Dr Shahrul Kamaruzzaman, UMMC
 Forum Panel:  Dr Lee Fatt Soon, Prof. Dato’ Dr Raymond Azman Ali,
Dr Azlina Ahmad Annuar, Ms Satiapoorany Subramaniam  


Living A Healthy Lifestyle As You Age
by Prof. Dr Chin Ai Vyrn , Consultant Geriatrician

Quartet Performance by Eugene Pook (Music Director & Conductor of The Selangor Symphony Orchestra)
Poco-Poco Line Dance Session by Alzheimer’s Indonesia


For seating & logistic purposes - Registration is required:
Email: or WhatsApp +6016 6082513 with Full Name(s) & Mobile Contact numbers

Mandarin Awareness Talk:

“Dementia: Is It Inevitable? What Should I Do?”

By Geriatrician, Dr Goh Cheng Beh & Geriatric-Psychiatric, Dr Chan Yee Fei. 

3.30 pm-4.30pm
This Session for Dementia Persons, Family Caregivers & Care Workers
you need to Pre-Registration (due limited places/seats).  
Please Email: - providing Full Name(s) and Mobile Contact numbers.

Brain Gym / Abacus Activities for Dementia Persons and Caregivers

By abcd-Achievers Brain Cognitive Development 
(This is a movement based learning centre) 
4.30 pm-5.30pm

For Dementia Persons, Family Caregivers & Care Workers 
Music / Sing-Along Sessions for Dementia Persons 
By Mr Cheong Kwok Yew
NOTE:    - To register for the Memory Walk, for instructions
                 Click on “Registration Form” and download.
 -  To participate in the Treasure Hunt
    Click on “Treasure Hunt

1.     Donations of any amount are welcome to help defray the expenditure in this Community Awareness Event organized by ADFM, being a non-profit organization:
       Name:  Alzheimer's Disease Foundation
       Bank Name:  CIMB Bank Berhad
       Bank Account No: 800 229 3277
       On receiving your Online Transfer Advice Slip / Payment Receipt, a Tax Exemption Receipt will be issued by ADFM.

2.     Sponsorship of gifts/freebies for Goody Bags for participants is welcome.  Kindly contact / 016 608 2513. 

 JOIN THE MEMORY WALK “remember me

“We remember their love when they CAN no longer remember”

Saturday, 5 August 2017

Nation's Space Agency Develops Tracking System for Alzheimer's Persons

(Source:  By SUZANNA PILLAY – New Sunday Times, July 30, 2017 @ 11:27am)

A state-of-the-art tracking system for Alzheimer’s disease persons has been developed by the Science, Technology and Innovation Ministry. Now in its trial run, the programme aims to provide caregivers with an alternative method of monitoring their family members.

TWO Alzheimer’s disease (AD) persons made headlines this year when they went missing, forcing their worried family members to seek help from police and the public.

In March, Lee Kong Hon, 71, from Kelana Jaya, was nowhere to be found after visiting Kuala Lumpur Hospital (HKL) with family members.

Three months later, another AD person, Yacob Carlos Abdullah, 68, from Shah Alam was reported missing after being spotted at a bus stop in Section 13, near a hypermarket.

Data from the United Nations (World Alzheimer Report 2015) on the prevalence of AD over a projected population of more than 30 million Malaysians in 2030, indicates that an estimated 261,000 or more are expected to have AD.

From this figure, more than 60 per cent of AD persons wandered off on their own. If they are not found within 24 hours, up to half of them may be involved in life-threatening situations.  According to Alzheimer’s Disease Foundation Malaysia (ADFM), AD occurs among those 65 or older. Above this age, a person’s risk of developing AD doubles approximately every five years. It can occur in younger people.

As the number of people aged 65 and above will exceed 10 per cent of the population by 2020, more Malaysians are increasingly vulnerable to the disease.

Technological advancements developed at National Space Agency (Angkasa) hope to allay these fears and ensure AD persons are getting the care they need.

Angkasa’s Tracking, Tracing and Trigger System (ATTracT) Alzheimer Module is a prototype system developed to determine the location of a person with AD at all times.
It’s a thumb up for the ATTracT system from Carlo Pangrazio and his wife, Mabel Gong.
Pix by Khairul Azhar Ahmad

Funded by the Science, Technology and Innovation Ministry’s (MOSTI’s) Social Innovation Programme, the project aims to benefit the AD community at the grassroots level by usingspace technology and global positioning system (GPS) technology.

Monitoring the movement and improving the safety of people with AD were what catalyzed ATTracT, said Angkasa Research Officer, Ooi Wei Han.

It aims to provide caregivers with an alternative method of monitoring AD persons, indoors and outdoors.

It seeks to improve the safety of people living with AD by reducing the risk of them getting lost and hurt in the process.

“The movements of senior citizens with AD will be monitored via ATTracT by a wristwatch enabled with satellite technology, SOS and virtual boundary control.

“The system also integrates Wi-Fi network capability to complement GPS, which will be useful when the GPS signal is weak or unavailable in an indoor environment,” Ooi added.

The watch is to be worn by the AD persons.  The guardian or caregiver can track and monitor the AD persons in real-time via smart devices.

The device will transmit the location of AD persons to caregivers every two to four minutes. Like smartphone devices, the device needs to be charged every one to two days.

The tracking system supports only Android mobile phones and works in all areas under telco coverage.

An alert will be sent to the guardian’s smart devices (up to four devices), which store the history of the Adperson’s movements in case he crosses the virtual boundary during monitoring.

Beside the mobile device, a real-time monitoring system is set up in caregiver centers to monitor all users’ movements under their supervision.

The information and movements will be stored in a dedicated database server at Angkasa headquarters in Banting, Selangor.

“The ATTracT System is in the Pilot Trial Stage and will be tested over three months.

“Angkasa is collaborating with ADFM for this purpose. If it is a success, the device will be made available to caregivers in Malaysia at between RM200 and RM300.

“Angkasa will most likely appoint a third party to distribute the system here,” Ooi added

Ooi Wei Han with the ATTracT watches. Pix by Mohd Khairul Helmy Mohd Din

AD person, Carlo Pangrazio, who is participating in the pilot trial, said the ATTracT device enabled him to be independent.

His wife, Mabel Gong, said the technology allowed her to keep track of Pangrazio’s whereabouts in real-time while she was at work.

“I like the function where I can set a virtual boundary. If he steps-out of the boundary, I get an alert on my phone. Now, with this device, he knows if he gets lost, he should stay where he is and wait for someone to come get him.”

However, she hoped the device could be waterproof and did not require to be charged daily.

Another caregiver, Zalina Arshad, decided to participate in the ATTracT trial even though her father, an AD person, lives in Kedah with her mother, his principal caregiver.

“My dad is going through a phase where he likes to get into his car and drive off without telling anyone. This has been happening frequently, so the device is handy to keep track of his movements.”

The alerts are being sent to Zalina’s phone as her mother is unable to process the information.
Nevertheless, Zalina can monitor her father’s movements from Kuala Lumpur and inform her mother accordingly.

“Like most older people, my mother is not tech-savvy, so she finds the technology a little confusing.

“Perhaps the ATTracT system could be more user-friendly, especially to older caregivers.”
Zalina said her mother also worried that her father would not want to put the device on because it looked “fancy”.

“My father likes to hide things that he thinks are valuable. Maybe Angkasa could develop a model that looks more functional as an option for users.”

Families or caregivers of AD persons who would like to participate in the FREE “ATTracT”  Pilot Trial are required to email: for more information.