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Twilight fog (03 Aug 2000)


Taking care of old-age dementia or Alzheimer patients is a heavy burden for the carers. Mostly patients suffer from memory loss, communication difficulty, poor hygiene, hallucination and depression, and some of them have abnormal or aggressive behaviors. The situation is even worse in the case of pre-senile dementia, since many financial assistant programs have a minimum age requirement for applicants. The welfare for the severely handicapped does not apply to dementia patients, while most day care and residential centres are only open to patients with mild to moderate condition. It is suggested that more community support services should be provided, and social welfare organizations, families and hospitals should all join forces with the government to raise the care standard.

Pearl Report
Publish Date: 
Thursday, August 3, 2000
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