According to the ancient Japanese legend of senbazuru, anyone who folds 1000 paper cranes will be given a chance to make their most desired wishes come true. In some variations of the legend, it is associated with hope, happiness, eternal good luck, longevity, or recovery from illnesses.
This World Alzheimer’s Month, the Crane is our symbol of hope for the dementia community.
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Creating Hope in the Face of Dementia
Today, there are about 100,000 people living with dementia in Singapore, and this number is growing rapidly.
For each person living with the condition, every day represents a new fight – against their cognitive decline, the struggle to fully accept their diagnosis, the perceptions and labels society places on them, and at times, even their own internalised stigma of the condition.
In these moments underscored by trials and uncertainty, the only thing that can keep one going is, hope.
The ‘1000 Cranes’ Campaign
“No road is too long in the company of a friend” – Japanese Proverb
This World Alzheimer’s Month, our goal is to bring the nation together for a conversation about dementia, to inspire solidarity with the dementia community, and hope for the future.
As allies of the community, it is up to each and every one of us to support persons with dementia and their caregivers in their unique journeys.
Together, there are no limits to what we can accomplish.
Join the Movement
Send a Virtual Crane and pledge your support for the dementia community today!
Once you hit ‘Submit’, your messages will be transformed into a Virtual Crane, symbolising your pledge of solidarity.
These messages will live on in our Wall of Hope and will also be featured during our ‘1000 Paper Cranes‘ Film Livestream Event on 21 September 2022.
Let’s send as many Virtual #CranesForDementia as we can this World Alzheimer’s Month!
Wall of Hope
My Grandmother had dementia and would sometimes forget who I was when I visited. This was my inspiration when I was directing ‘1000 Paper Cranes’. Those were definitely challenging times, but our family and relatives stayed strong, because behind every dark cloud is a silver lining. Stay positive!
Hang in there. Good days are not limited.
Everyone deserves a meaningful, respectable life. Be aware, and learn to pick up home-care tips to support our aging parents. Make their lives fulfilling with your love. Thanks to all the healthcare staff, caregivers and volunteers for their support towards persons living with dementia. You guys are heroes. Salute! ❤️
Everyone is beautiful in their own way. ❤️❤️
Never give up!
All the best!
Caring for someone with dementia is challenging. To all the caregivers out there, you’re not alone in this caregiving journey. Do seek help when required. Do remember to practise self-care and recharge.
Be patient and respect people with dementia.
We are here to help you, guide you, and bring you safely from wherever you are to wherever you need to go.
Love and care are key values of life.
1000 Paper Cranes: The Film
“The love we feel cuts through all memory lapses.”
Ever since she was born, Hannah and her grandfather, “Gramps” as she affectionately calls him, have shared a beautiful bond. When he was diagnosed with dementia three years ago, their world was turned upside down. Refusing to let the condition define their love for each other, Hannah started a YouTube channel in the hopes of documenting the special moments in their new journey together.
Through all the doctor’s appointments, shared meals, workouts, and origami crane folding activities, their beautiful bond has grown stronger than ever before.
‘1000 Paper Cranes’ is a short film that Dementia Singapore embarked on with veteran executive producer, Daniel Yun, to spotlight dementia and the profound impact it can have on families. Exploring the themes of familial bonds, courage, and hope, this film is our love letter to the dementia community, youth, millennials, and anyone who has a person with dementia in their lives.
Go on a serendipitous journey with Hannah and Gramps this World Alzheimer’s Day, 21 September 2022.
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Your contributions will help us provide immediate resources and support for persons living with dementia and caregivers, and to bolster our vital outreach programmes and services, as well as our operations.