“Benevolence Lights up my Later Life” Programme Runs Activities to Raise Social Awareness of Dementia

  • Group photo of guests and Senior Ambassadors

  • Senior Ambassadors demonstrating cognitive assessment tests for the participants

To arouse the community's awareness of dementia and the fact of an ageing society, Kiang Wu Nursing College of Macau (KWNC) has been working on the "Benevolence Lights up my Later Life Programme", in which Youth Ambassadors and Senior Ambassadors are recruited. On 4 May, 2017, a carnival took place at the building of Macao Federation of Trade Unions in promoting relevant activities, which has attracted more than 100 participants. KWNC President Van Iat Kio and Vice President of Macao Federation of Trade Unions Leong Sun Iok were present at the carnival to give support.

Under the supervision of KWNC Lecturer Lei Wai In, Associate Professor Zeng Wen and Vice Chair of Board of Directors of Macau Alzheimer's Disease Association (MADA) Ma Pui Wan, students of the programme were in charge of the organization and design of the whole event, which was jointly organized by the elderly activity centre under Macao Federation of Trade Unions and subsidized by Social Welfare Bureau. At the carnival, students took part in promoting dementia knowledge, early assessment and common caring methods to the general public. In addition, reception and consultation counters were set up for further enquiries. All students were very active in promoting the information and had numerous interactions with the participants. Some of them expressed that the carnival has helped them apply what was learnt in the programme, which has allowed their neighbours and families to be aware of the early dementia symptoms. It has also successfully raised the social awareness of brain health and facilitated the cultivation of a dementia-friendly community.