The power of positive thinking in old age
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The power of positive thinking in old age

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A new study from the Yale School of Public Health has uncovered that thinking positively about ageing lowers one’s risk of dementia. The study published in journal PLoS One found that participants who had positive thoughts about ageing had a 43.6 per cent lower risk of developing dementia over four years than those holding negative beliefs.

This could be food for thought for a growing number of people in Singapore. By 2030, one in four Singaporeans will be aged 65 years and above and the number of people with dementia in Singapore is expected to more than double to 103,000.

The Lion City is already making an effort to better cater for people living with dementia. For instance, the Ministry of Health is planning to increase the number of dementia-friendly communities (DFC) here from six to 15 in the next three years. Such communities came about from ground-up movements by several stakeholders such as Alzeheimer’s Disease Association, Centre for Seniors, grassroots organisations, family services centres, etc. At the heart of a DFC is a support network of dementia-aware volunteers. Residents, grassroots leaders, volunteers, students and staff of businesses are trained to look out for and help people with dementia.

Dementia prevention programmes are also being rolled out in Singapore, where people aged 50 years old and above are engaged in various activities, such as music and art therapy as well as gardening, to keep their minds sharp.

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