Sunday, October 19, 2014

Alzheimer's diease association (ADA) Singapore

Alzheimer's disease association (ADA) Singapore was formed in 1990, and a member of National Council of Social Service (NCSS) and Alzheimer's Disease International (ADI; refer to Wikipedia and official site based in the UK).

ADA is a voluntary welfare organization (VWO; the list of VWO in Singapore by Wikipedia) manned by caregivers (family members with affected member), professionals, and anyone who is interested in dementia.

ADA provides following services & programmes:
  • Dementia Day Care (New Horizon Centres)
  • Caregiver (by family members) Support Services - the centres are located in Bukit Timah (204, Bukit Timah Rd, #04-00 Boon Liew Building S229863, Tel 67379971, Fax 68367925) and Tiong Bahru (298 Tiong Bahru Rd, #03-01, Central Plaza S168730, Tel 65936440, Fax 65936444). The opening hours are Mon-Fri from 9.00 am until 6.00 pm.
  • Research & Publications
  • Public Education
  • Resource Library
  • Safe Return Card
  • Volunteering Opportunities
New Horizon Centres (website)

Centres that provide relief for caregivers (family members), increase families' abilities to cope with and continue caring for people with dementia and/or physical disabilities, provide nursing care, occupational therapy, physiotherapy and social activities, and maintain/increase the well being of clients.

At the centre, there is a personalized care (or Individualized Care Plan) as according to individual physical, cognitive and social functioning.

Activities at the centre are occupational therapy & physiotherapy, group and individual exercises & games, reality orientation, sing-along & dancing sessions, reminiscence activities, outings & excursions, and leisure & hobbies.

To apply
Application depends on eligibility, and can be made through the Agency for Integrated Care (AIC), hospitals, or general practitioners (GPs). Application forms for referral can be obtained from any of the New Horizon Centres or via ADA website (admission).

Criteria for admission are
  • Diagnosis of dementia/related disorders (by qualified doctors)
  • Medical condition must be stable & non-infectious
  • Mobile/semi-mobile
  • Clients with unmanageable disruptive behaviours may be excluded (ineligibility)
Government subsidy
Refer to Ministry of Health (refer to Subsidies for Government-funded Intermediate Long-Term Care Services).

Subsidy for Intermediate and long term care (ILTC) services depends on result of means-testing, which is important to access the amount of subsidy based on gross income and number of family members (for more accurate information, please refer to MOH).

Opening hours for all centres
Mon-Fri from 7.30 am until 6.30 pm

Location of centres and contact details
Bukit Batok
Blk 511 Bukit Batok Street 52,
#01-211 S650511
Tel 65659958
Fax 65652257

Jurong Point
1 Jurong West Central 2,
#04-04 Jurong Point Shopping Centre
Tel 67901650
Fax 67901521

Toa Payoh
Blk 157, Toa Payoh Lorong 1,
Tel 63538734
Fax 63538518

Blk 362, Tampines Street 34,
Tel 67865373
Fax 67849587

For volunteers
To register or get more information, please contact ADA Volunteering Coordinator by
Tel 67379971

To donate
Write a cheque payable to
Alzheimer's Disease Association
Mailing address: Blk 157, Toa Payoh Lorong 1,
#01-1195, S310157

You can also donate essential items to Day Care Centres, such as groceries, toiletries, or sponsorship for outings, festive celebrations etc.

Purchases that support ADA funding
There are resource books (in different languages), CD on memory games, and handicrafts items available for purchase that will add fund to the ADA coffer. For e-purchases, visit

The information here was procured from a brochure sent by ADA. For more updated information, please visit their official site at

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