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
If you care for and love the person living with dementia, it can be extremely rewarding and although it may not be obvious, your loved one is still there to make a difference in your life. Treat them as you would any other human. Please stay safe and healthy…
Pray and hope those with dementia will get better with care and love from their caregivers and from the community as well.
Be strong and look ahead. Don’t lose hope. Seek help if you need to.
All the best.
May you be blessed in your caregiving journey! Know that you are never alone.
Never lose hope 🙏 Keep fighting & be strong 🙏
To all those impacted by dementia, stay strong and remember that you are never alone.
There is always hope to get better with your loved ones around you. Stay healthy and strong.
Hope is for everyone – never stop hoping!
May God’s peace and hope guard your hearts, mind, & body. Press on!
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.