Move, Play and Grow together with People with Dementia and their Caregivers

By Renee Man Yiu CHAN

Dementia is currently a common subject being discussed worldwide such as in Hong Kong. According to the data from the Department of Health of Hong Kong, the number of people aged 60 and above with dementia is projected to increase by 222%, from 103,433 in 2009 to 332,688 in 2039, with a large proportion of those living in institutions (Ruby Yu et al., 2012)1.During the workshop, Renee is pleased to share with you her experiences in applying Brain Gym® in a flexible manner and tailor-made with care on training with people with dementia (PWD) with an objective to assist PWD in delaying deterioration on various symptoms such as their cognitive functions and behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD). More experiences will be illustrated in conducting seminars and workshops to caregivers of PWD, the elderly and staff working at the elderly centres. In addition, Renee’s participation in a research study designing and conducting the Brain Gym® intervention programme for elderly with dementia will be shared as well.You are welcome to join us to see how we Move, Play and Grow together with People with Dementia and their Caregivers!

1 Ruby Yu, Pui Hing Chau, Sarah M. McGhee, et al. (2012) “Trends in Prevalence and Mortality of Dementia in Elderly Hong Kong Population: Projections, Disease Burden, and Implications for Long-Term Care,” International Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, vol. 2012, Article ID 406852, 6 pages, doi:10.1155/2012/406852)