Family Secrets: Let's Talk


Coming to terms with aging and illness within the family is never easy, but it is an important conversation to have. Join the Alzheimer’s Disease Association (ADA) and HCA Hospice Care for an afternoon on understanding dementia, end-of-life issues, and learning to cope as a family.

This talk is organised (as a companion event to Family Secrets, a commission by Esplanade’s A Date With Friends arts festival for seniors) to provide a deeper discussion and exploration of the themes covered in the production.

Date: Saturday, 4 March 2017

Venue: Open Stage at library@esplanade

Time: 2–4 pm

Talk #1: Understanding Dementia

by Alzheimer’s Disease Association

Speaker: Karen Lim, Assistant Ma­nager, Corporate Communications & Community Engagement

What are the signs, symptoms and risk factors of dementia? How can we reduce dementia and where can caregivers seek help from?

Talk #2: De-mystifying Death: Uniting Families in a Time of Need

by HCA Hospice Care

Speaker: Ms Venus Ther, Medical Social Worker

How do families communicate positively about death in the family, especially to children? With the right communication, not only will it help strengthen family ties, it will also empower families to deal with this traditionally taboo issue.

About Family Secrets

Family Secrets is a double bill by The Necessary Stage, commissioned as part of Esplanade’s A Date With Friends 2017. The two plays in Family SecretsDon’t Forget to Remember Me and Don’t Know Don’t Care—are stories of two families encountering change through illnesses afflicting their senior members, and how they rise above the challenge to grow stronger and closer than ever.

About Alzheimer’s Disease Association (ADA)

The Alzheimer’s Disease Association was formed in 1990 as a result of growing concern at the rising rate of dementia and lack of infrastructure and support at that time. Now, with more than 25 years of active campaigning behind it, the Association has become Singapore’s most specialised centre in dementia-support and advocacy.

Currently running 8 care centres and a home care service for persons with dementia as well as various support and respite services for caregivers, ADA also collaborates with experts in international dementia-care associations and university faculties. Its work in promoting Person Centred Care has laid the foundation for better quality of life for families coping with the rising dementia pandemic, and therefore ADA is very active in the training of caregivers and healthcare professionals, exploring new care models & methodologies, counselling and creating awareness.

About HCA Hospice Care

HCA Hospice Care is Singapore's largest home hospice provider and has been a registered charity since 1989. The organisation provides comfort and support to patients with life-limiting illnesses regardless of age, religion, ethnicity, nationality and financial status.

HCA's core service, home hospice care, is provided at no charge to about 3,500 patients annually. Besides medical care for patients, this service also entails psychosocial support for patients and caregivers. A 24/7 hotline ensures help is available round-the-clock.

HCA is a NCSS Centre of Specialisation for palliative care, and conducts palliative care training for its patients’ caregivers. Its other services and programmes include day hospice care, paediatric palliative care (Star PALS), bereavement support, and outreach programmes such as the Young Caregivers Programme.

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Family Secrets: Let's Talk