Living with and caring for mum with dementia | In the Moment Episode 36

BY DBS, 6 APR 2022

"Sometimes the day can get really really stressful, when we tuck our mum into bed, both of us will have our downtime and end up crying," recounts full-time caregivers Babara and Belinda, of 90-year-old Katherine Lim, who has dementia.

In this episode of #InTheMoment, Nadia finds out what full time caregiving at home looks like for these sisters. As Singapore's population ages, an estimated 25% will be aged 65 and above by 2030. That's about 900,000 seniors, many of whom will require some sort of care.

Over the years, the sisters have learnt ways to cope with the situation. "It's normal to cry! Don't keep dwelling on it, if you need to eat a pint of ice-cream, go ahead. Do what you can control and let go of what you can't control."

They also receive support from the community - Katherine takes part regularly in programmes organised by APEX Harmony Lodge - a purpose-built home for people with dementia. Recently, they joined an outing to Sentosa, a programme organised by DBS People of Purpose for APEX Harmony Lodge, in conjunction with the Sentosa Jubilee Silver Deals.

Thank you, Katherine, Babara and Belinda for sharing your story of love and strength. We're celebrating women in the month of March as part of #InternationalWomensDay. Join us as we #BreakTheBias

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