Have you ever thought of people with dementia are able to play card game UNO? UNO playing group was organised in August, by following the rules of playing one card matching the discard in colour and number, it trains the arithmetic capability of our elder members. Other rules such as the “Reserve” card switches the direction of the order of play and shouting “UNO” after laying down the next-to-last card can train their concentration and memory. As usual, the game are tailor-made according to the cognitive condition of the participants, in order to allow them a sense of satisfaction and happiness during the process.
Jockey Club Caring Communities for Dementia Campaign
Mutual-aid among neighbours is an essential element for a dementia-friendly community. JCCPA and St. James’ Settlement launched a mobile promotion truck across the territory from the end of August to the end of September, to encourage citizens to download the “Dementia’s Secret Angel” APP. We are eager to create a tracing network to prevent people with dementia from getting lost. In addition, the truck also serves as a collection point for the iBeacon electronic device.
The truck visited Mong Kok, Sheung Shui and Kwun Tong from August 28 to 31. General public are invited to play games on the truck with the aim to deepen their understanding in dementia. At the same time, the enrollment of iBeacon received a positive response and quotas filled in no time. We assisted caregivers in downloading the “Dementia’s Secret Angel” APP and operating with the iBeacon device. As a final point, we would like to deliver our most sincere thanks to all the volunteers who came over in sweaty summer.
For the route and parking points of the truck, please visit: https://www.jccpa.org.hk/en/projects/ccd/
Registration and enquiry by district:
Jockey Club Centre for Positive Aging (New Territory East, Kowloon and Islands District)
Phone: 6804 6307 (Office Hour: Mon to Fri, 9am to 5pm. Except Sat, Sun and Public Holidays)
St. James’ Settlement (Hong Kong Island, New Territory West and Tsuen Wan and Kwai Tsing)
Phone: 8105 5818
Jockey Club Post-diagnostic Support in Dementia Care Programme
Jockey Club Post-diagnostic Support in Dementia Care Programme (PDSP) staff provided a health talk for the elders at Pui Ching Road Baptist Church to introduce the importance of brain health in August. They also visited various HKHS estates, including Prosperous Garden, Kwun Lung Lau and Yue Kwong Chuen and to carry out an on-site cognitive test by using the EC Screen App. EC Screen App aims to examine dementia for elders preliminarily in 5 to 10 minutes. If the examination result of elders is “Follow-up”, staff will contact elders for detailed assessments.
In the meantime, programme staff visited Bo Shek Mansion, Prosperous Garden and Kwun Lung Lau to conduct detailed assessment for the elders in need in order to refer them to general practitioners for cognitive diagnosis with subsidy.
Besides, programme staff conducted group training sessions for the diagnosed elderly in HKHS estates, including Cho Yiu Chuen and Broadview Garden in Kwai Tsing, Bo Shek Mansion in Tsuen Wan and Prosperous Garden in Yau Ma Tei. The elders could learn dementia knowledge from the training and establish healthy lifestyles in the future.
Post-diagnostic Support in Dementia Care Programme provides free educational talk and the cognitive screening for different NGOs, organizations and for those who aged 50 or above in order to screen and to be diagnosed by our collaborated general practitioners and to intervene early in dementia.
If anyone observed that the elderly in the family demonstrated a significant decline in memory and cognitive impairment, you are welcome to contact our programme staff Mr. Chan at 2946 8179 or Ms. Yip at 2946 8187 to arrange a cognitive assessment via telephone for the people in need. PDSP provides free training sessions for people aged 50 or above who have diagnosed with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) and early dementia within one year, as well as 6 to 9 months supporting services to those family caregivers too. In view of the latest development of the novel coronavirus infection, elderly and the caregivers can choose to receive supportive service via telephone or zoom meeting or self-learning from our e-platform. Please contact Ms. Yip at 2946 8187 or Ms. Fan at 2946 8188 for more details.
"1+2" Family Caregivers Training Course
The “1+2” Family Caregivers Training for Dementia Care was successfully held on 21 August. Our physiotherapist Mr. Ben Chan shared with more than 200 family caregivers on the topics of exercise, lifting skills and pain management for people with dementia. During the course, Ben also responded to many cases and challenges encountered by caregivers, hoping to help relieve their pressure.
The next “1+2” Family Caregivers Training Course will be held on 18 September (Saturday). Our registered nurse, Ms. Bonnie Li, will share oral hygiene, nutrition and menu planning. Family caregivers are welcome to register at https://forms.gle/EEgMZ6eEkkvm8ddG7