About 20,000 Singaporeans suffer from Dementia (AsiaOne, "Tackling Singapore's Dementia Epidemic"). Dementia often occurs in older age, although it can occur before that.
Signs and Symptoms of Dementia
Treatment for Dementia
Dementia can be very difficult to live with, for both the sufferers and those around them. Due to dementia, sufferers are often unaware of their actions, and due to their worsened judgement, they are inclined to make poorly thought out decisions. Fortunately, in Singapore, the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) acts to protect those who suffer from dementia, among other things.
Office of the Public Guardian (OPG)
The proactive planning mentioned refers to the Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA).
Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA)
Making a LPA can be largely helpful for when and if the time comes that one loses their mental capacity. It can save loved ones a lot of worry and hassle, and can protect them as well. For more information about making a LPA, go to: http://www.publicguardian.gov.sg/PrePlan/HowCanIMakeaLastingPowerofAttorney.aspx.
If you know of somebody who exhibits the symptoms of dementia, or if you notice that you yourself exhibits them, then seek treatment at your nearest doctor/psychiatrist. Remember, early treatment is key!
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