Dementia has become a focus of our club, and as a result we’ve attracted a number of Alzheimer’s researchers and music therapists as members.
Presentations at our meetings about Dementia have included:
- Childhood Dementia (8 June 2022)
- Dr Prita Asih’s Research (16 April 2023)
- Prof Hamid Sohrabi’s Research (21 Jun 2023)
Supporting Memory Cafe
With the aid of a Rotary Foundation District Grant, two tear drop banners and 2,000 forget-me-not dementia support lapel pins were organised by the Rotary Club of Freshwater Bay for the Forget-me-Not Memory Cafe meetings, with the pins to be provided to dementia sufferers so that they can be easily identified in public.
The next phase of this project is to educate the public that wearers of the Forget-me-not lapel pin are people living with dementia, so that extra care and attention is given to them if they become lost, or want to spend generously on their credit card etc.
Music for Dementia
We have assisted with a variety of music therapy investigations, including the 6 week MARVEL project, provision of headphones with pre-loaded music to dementia suffers, and supporting research at the Centre for Healthy Ageing at Murdoch University.
- Article in the Medical Forum journal (November 2021)
Dancing with Memories Book
Dancing with Memories is a book for 5-8 year olds written by Sally Yule in conjunction with Professor Ralph Martins and Maggie Beer which introduces children to family and people living with dementia. We held a book launch on 2nd June 2021 and have distributed over 220 copies of the book to primary schools for their libraries.
Dementia Support in Singapore
Our Singapore-based members assist Dementia Singapore with activities.