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A better environment for those with dementia

Prof Richard Fleming.

During the Alzheimer’s 25th anniversary symposium titled “Towards a dementia-friendly Singapore”, Prof Richard Fleming, who is part of the Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health at Australia’s University of Wollongong and director of the NSW/ACT Dementia Training Study Centre, shared the 10 design principles to creating a better environment for people with dementia:

1. Unobtrusively reduce risks – People with dementia require an internal and external environment that is safe, secure and easy to move around if they are to make the best of their remaining abilities. However, obvious safety features and barriers will lead to frustration, agitation and anger, and so potential risks need to be reduced unobtrusively. “The magic word is unobtrusive,” said Prof Fleming.

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Encouraging towns to create elder-friendly environments

A guidebook compiling the various initiatives and experiences of 16 towns in Singapore has been launched, in hopes of encouraging other towns to get onboard and care for their elderly residents. According to a newspaper article, the guidebook will be distributed to all constituencies by December.

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