1000 Cranes

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.

#1000Cranes #CranesForDementia

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

Here’s to an empathetic and compassionate Singapore that supports caregivers and people with dementia every step of the way!

I hope for a society that sees beyond the condition of a person with dementia and values them as individuals with their own interests and purpose.

My hope is to live in a world free of stigma and labels on people with dementia!

May you tell the story of the mountains you climbed. May the wisdom you gather help others survive.

Even in this season of change you are still growing and you will be able to find peace in the midst of uncertainty.

Despite the unknowns, the ground beneath you is still steady and the sky is wide with hope above you.

Please show more love and patience to persons with dementia. We should engage our close ones who have dementia and care for them with compassion and love.

My mom has dementia without medication for years. It was her decision not to have medication. The journey has never been easy. Nevertheless, we accept who she is and just go with the way she lives, and continue to love her for who she is now.

Mei Ting

May we become a a supportive and dementia-friendly society that empowers the dementia community to live with dignity #despitedementia!

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We hope for a society that embraces and supports persons with dementia and their families. Here’s to a dementia-inclusive Singapore!

Dementia Singapore

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.