Singapore has one of the fastest ageing populations in the world, and will see an increase in the lifetime prevalence of dementia. By 2030, one in five Singaporeans will be 65 or older (900,000). The number of seniors with dementia will more than double to 103,000.
As such, there is a need to build communities to help seniors with dementia lead independent and meaningful lives. This can be achieved through Dementia-Friendly Communities by creating support networks of residents, businesses and services, grassroots and volunteers, community partners, faith-based organisations and the community at large.
Part of this network are Go-To Points, which are part of the safe return system for seniors with dementia. Here, community partners form a network of four to five Go-To Points, serving as safe return points for seniors who may not be able to find their way home. Members of the community can bring these seniors to the Go-To points, and leaders at these locations will offer general assistance to these seniors. They include identification and contacting of the senior’s next-of-kin or family member to ensure that the seniors are reunited with their loved ones.
To see a map of current Go-To Points in Singapore, please