Preventive Medicine in the community by the community for the community
Depression and dementia affect life expectancy and quality of life of older people and increase healthcare costs. To promote mental well-being and prevent depression and dementia among the elderly community living in Singapore, a community-based psychosocial intervention programme has been initiated at the Training and Research Academy at Jurong Point Shopping mall (TaRA@JP) in March 2013.
The JAS project is a 10-year longitudinal study with the aim of lowering the rates of depression and dementia in the community. It is organized by the department of Psychological Medicine, National University Health System, with volunteers from the Presbyterian Community Services and SAGE Counseling Service. Financial support is from the Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple, Alice Lim Memorial Fund and Lee Kim Tah Holdings Ltd.
This programme provides free psychological intervention such as Health Education Talks, Tai Chi Exercise, Mindfulness Psychological Therapy, Art Therapy and Music-Reminiscence Therapy.