By Alzheimer’s Disease Association (ADA)
In October 2020, Alzheimer’s Disease Association (ADA) was appointed as one of the eight learning institutes under Agency for Integrated Care (AIC) Learning Institutes Network 2.0 with a sole focus on dementia education.
Dementia has become a grave issue in terms of associated costs for caregivers and society, and its impact on the healthcare system. It is estimated that more than 100,000 people in Singapore will live with dementia by 2030.
As the number of people affected by dementia grows, the demand for quality care is also expected to rise. As an AIC-appointed training provider and a leading organisation in dementia care in Singapore, ADA aims to influence and provide good quality and specialist dementia-related training comprising an upgrading pathway from foundational to advanced level, catering to learners across different community care settings.
ADA incorporates a mix of training methodologies into its training programmes. Since 2019, ADA has adopted virtual reality in its training. For instance, ADA is the first in Asia to launch Dementia Australia’s Educational Dementia Immersive Experience (EDIE), a 360-degree immersive virtual reality application that allows learners to experience the challenges faced by a person with dementia when performing everyday activities. Workplace learning is another feature of ADA training programmes where its New Horizon Centres serve as sites for practicum activities.
The diverse repertoire of training programmes also includes ADA’s signature course, Dementia Care Mapping. As a member of Dementia Care Mapping International led by the University of Bradford, ADA is the sole provider of Dementia Care Mapping training in Singapore since 2007.
To ensure that learning experiences are more relevant to learners, all courses are contextualised to the various community care settings, specifically, home-based, day care and residential care settings.
Through quality dementia education, ADA aims to enable service providers to adopt a person-centred care approach and share best practices in dementia care, as well as equip themselves with relevant skills to provide a better quality of care for persons with dementia.
For more dementia-related courses, visit
Alzheimer's Disease Association website.
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Issue 9: March 2021