The Rotary Club of Taipei together with the Chinese Christian Medical Mission and the Rotary Roma Club are organizing a seminar to raise awarnes about Dementia. “ Dance with Dementia”

Taiwan’s the population is getting older. In order to attend the needs of this part of the community, the RCT, under the leadership of PP Braces decided to organize a seminar to raise awareness about Dementia a common problem which has a great impact on the society.
We gathered experts to raise awareness about this problem under the “Dance with Dementia” program: get along with it, in a nice way!

The seminar will take place March 1st 2014 from 9am to 5 pm at the Mackey Memorial Hosiptal.

For registrations – please visit the CCMM page here

Dementia ( Latin, originally meaning madness”, from de- “without” + ment, the root of mens “mind”) is a serious loss of global cognitive ability in a previously unimpaired person, beyond what might be expected from normal aging. It may be static, the result of a unique global brain injury, or progressive, resulting in long-term decline due to damage or disease in the body. Although dementia is far more common in the geriatric population (about 5% of those over 65 are said to be involved), it can occur before the age of 65, termed as “early onset dementia”.

In DSM-5, published in May 2013, the decision was taken to rename the dementias as neurocognitive disorders, with various degrees of severity.
Dementia is not a single disease, but a non-specific syndrome (i.e., set of signs and symptoms). Affected cognitive areas can be memory, attention, language, and problem solving. Normally, symptoms must be present for at least six months to support a diagnosis. Cognitive dysfunction of shorter duration is called delirium.

Especially in later stages of the condition, subjects may be disoriented in time (not knowing the day, week, or even year), in place (not knowing where they are), and in person (not knowing who they and/or others around them are).
Dementia -classified as reversible or irreversible, depending upon the etiology of the disease.
Most common forms of dementia are: Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia, frontotemporal dementia, semantic dementia and dementia with Lewy bodies.

Prevalence of Dementia in Taiwan society

Impact of Dementia on our life

  • Family members – take a lot of patience and time to take care of the patient
  • Care Taker– psychological trauma
  • Society – provide so many medicine and equipment for them – the expense in health care
  • Government – spend money on welfare system

Long Term care

  1. 710,000 persons Disabled in Taiwan
  2. 450,000 of them – above age 65
  3. Each disabled needs care from 1.4 persons.
  4. It affects more than million families
  5. All foreign care delivery workers are under “Long term Care Org” No need to stay at home.
  6. Dementia may not be Disabled, but needs long term care

Instances of history of trauma

  • Father of Team Leader of Super Junior- assasinated his parents.
  • Nov. 2012, one person in Jiayi killed his own mom with cable cord
  • Jan. 2013, a Senior in Tainan jumped into the river with his wife
  • A Senior in New TPE city cut the throat of his wife, then he committed suicide.

The 2nd oldest lady (114yrs old) in the world is living at Long term care center, PuLi Christian Hospital, NanTou

Other Sponsors:
Good TV
Cosmic Light Total Care
Mackay Memorial Hospital
RID3480 Rotary International District

Schedule and Speakers of the Seminar

For registrations – please visit the CCMM page here

For more information please see below:
與失智共舞 poster