Today, there are about 100,000 people in Singapore living with dementia; this number is growing rapidly. For each person with the condition, every day represents a fresh challenge – struggling with cognitive decline, acceptance of their diagnosis, as well as the perceptions of people around them who may not understand.
In these moments of trial, one needs hope to carry on. As we prepare for World Alzheimer’s Month in September, we aim to bring the nation together for a conversation about dementia, inspiring solidarity with the dementia community and creating hope for the future.
Symbol of Hope
According to the ancient Japanese legend of senbazuru, anyone who folds 1000 paper cranes will be granted their deepest desire. This tradition symbolises hope, joy, good fortune, good health and longevity.
The Crane represents our hope for those living with dementia. This World Alzheimer’s Day, 21 September 2022, we will screen a short film titled ‘1000 Paper Cranes’ – a film that Dementia Singapore embarked on with veteran film 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 and anyone who has a person with dementia in their lives.
It depicts the story of Hannah and her grandfather, “Gramps”. When he was diagnosed with dementia, their world was turned upside-down. However, through all the medical appointments, shared meals, workouts, and origami crane folding activities, their bond grew stronger than ever.
Join the movement today and pledge your support for the dementia community by sending a Virtual Crane. Your messages will live on in our Wall of Hope for everyone, including our persons with dementia and their loved ones, to read. The Wall of Hope will be telecast during our ‘1000 Paper Cranes’ Film Livestream Event.
Besides messages of support, you can give donations. Your generous contributions will help us provide immediate resources and support for persons living with dementia and caregivers impacted by the pandemic, and to bolster our vital outreach programmes and services, as well as our operations.
We look forward to creating a hope-filled celebration of World Alzheimer’s Day with you and your loved ones. Let us build a better world for Singaporeans with dementia, helping them enjoy life to the fullest even in their circumstances. Together, we can provide hope and happiness for our dementia community, helping them soar above their struggles, regaining purpose and zest.
Find out more about the ‘1000 Cranes’ Campaign.