Cognitive Disorders

Dutch care home gives dementia sufferers illusion of normal life

Left: dementia sufferer Jo Verhoeff is encouraged to perform everyday duties in the care home.Photo: NYT

Jo Verhoeff twinkles; there's no other word for it. Welcome, she says. It's nice here, you'll like it. The people are friendly and there's so much to do: shopping, cooking, bingo and the classical music club. It's a nice place to visit.

Monday, 10 September, 2012, 9:31am

Dementia strategy a matter of urgency

Dementia is moving up the list of modern killers because it is an incurable syndrome of ageing - most commonly in the form of Alzheimer's disease - and people are living longer. As a result dementia-related conditions have displaced diabetes among the five biggest non-communicable causes of death in Hong Kong.

15 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Education the key as dementia rate rises

With dementia cases set to double in the next two decades, governments must raise public awareness to improve both prevention and the quality of life of people it affects, an international concern group has urged.

7 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Forget me not

Chan Shui-nin, 86, used to be a bit of a handful. Often unable to sleep, the Alzheimer's disease sufferer would noisily search through boxes in a storeroom at night, keeping her family awake. Prone to emotional outbursts, she was reluctant to drink water.

20 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Tests raise hope for Alzheimer's

Elderly people given cognitive training in a test by the Jockey Club Centre for Positive Ageing performed much better in reasoning and memory than those who were not given training.

10 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Free-falling into darkness

Winston Fok would draw admiring glances from passers-by when he went jogging. At 73, his agility and athleticism was a model of geriatric health. A retired taxi driver, Fok (name changed for reasons of patient confidentiality) enjoyed a loving relationship with his wife, and life seemed good.

6 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

New Chinese name for dementia needs to be rethought, doctors say

The proposed new Chinese name for dementia is misleading and the change should be postponed for two years, a doctors' group says.

The new name, 'degenerative brain disease' , was coined by a primary school pupil in a renaming competition organised by the Jockey Club Centre for Positive Ageing last month.

25 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

Nobel laureate's wife urges more help for dementia patients

The wife of Alzheimer's afflicted Nobel physics laureate Charles Kao Kuen has urged the government to provide more resources for day-care services for dementia patients.

Gwen Wong May-wan, speaking at a forum yesterday, said there should be more public education on the disease. There are about 80,000 people suffering from the condition in Hong Kong.

9 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

77,000 to suffer from dementia by 2019

By 2019, 77,000 people aged 70 or older living in the community - excluding those in hospitals or homes for the elderly - will have dementia, Secretary for Labour and Welfare Matthew Cheung Kin-chung predicts. According to a 2006 study conducted by the Department of Health and Chinese University, about 9.3 per cent of those in that age group will suffer from dementia.

14 Jan 2010 - 12:00am

Medi watch

Brain-derived cure for Alzheimer's

16 Feb 2009 - 12:00am

Medi watch

Clean air prolongs life

2 Feb 2009 - 12:00am

Warning on blood vessel disease

Small blood vessel disease which often goes unnoticed can lead to cognitive problems for the elderly or even dementia, doctors warned yesterday.

The disease affects the flow of blood to areas of the brain and can cause a mild stroke.

29 Oct 2008 - 12:00am

Activity key to preventing dementia

Few people can guess Sze Lok-wan's age. The 104-year-old's mental alertness and swift reactions belie her years.

And Ms Sze, who likes knitting, can still turn out a cushion cover or a pair of children's socks in one night.

Ms Sze attributes her longevity and good health - apart from problems with blood pressure - to an active lifestyle.

22 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Study highlights dementia problems

About six elderly sufferers of dementia get lost every day, according to a study by Chinese University's School of Public Health. It interviewed about 380 families with members over 65 believed or known to have dementia. About 23 per cent reported they had got lost at least once, but only a quarter called police. The problem is becoming more common as the population ages.

14 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Elderly-care group sings the praises of music therapy

A music therapist and social workers are urging the government to use music therapy to help elderly people suffering depression, pain, stroke and dementia after the first such courses proved to be a success.

Six months since they began at a Sha Tin centre for the elderly, the weekly courses have seen vast improvements among the elderly participants.

16 Apr 2007 - 12:00am