The cost of dementia care in Singapore is $1.4 billion a year. Today, 1 out of 10 above the age of 60 has dementia in Singapore. By 2020, there will be 53,000 persons diagnosed with dementia and by 2050, this number will triple, hitting close to 200,000.
Caregivers often lack knowledge on self-care and caring, the accessibility to relevant products and services, and experience loneliness and isolation in the journey of caring.
The impact on caregivers:
- Burnout caused by emotional stress or depression
- A deterioration of health cause by the physical impact of caring and time commitment (a 24/7 duty)
- Financial impact due to work related changes that can ultimately affect their income and the high cost of care