Based on the Chinese traditional six arts elements (i.e. interpersonal, music, visual-spatial, kinesthetic, linguistic, and logic-mathematical), interest classes are offered for persons with dementia to improve their attention abilities as well as to stimulate the brain.
Individuals with dementia receive home-based tranining in order to maintain his/her abilities in daily functioning.
A complex of elderly care facilities has opened in the Hiroo district of Tokyo in April 2012. The complex consists of a special care nursing home, a rehabilitation institution, a group home for people suffering from dementia, and a rehabilitation facility for people with physical disabilities. Working in collaboration with the Japanese Red Cross Medical Centre and the Japanese Red Cross College of Nursing, the complex aims to be a model of a new urban comprehensive medical and welfare service facility offering all kinds of health care and nursing services.
In feeding advanced dementia patients, The Chinese University of Hong Kong proposes using the palliative care approach, such as hand feeding, instead of the common tube feeding in order to reduce the suffering of older persons with swallowing problems.
"Angel Action" is held every year to train volunteers, including former carers, professional nurses and retired persons, to provide trainings and support to dementia patients. The Action has trained over 200 volunteers and the longest service term of volunteer has exceeded 5 years.
The Camp, organized annually, provides an opportunity for dementia patients and their families to strengthen their relationship. Professional therapists and psychologists are also invited to the camp to oberserve and give feedbacks to the families about their behaviour.
This club provides games and outdoor activities to dementia patients so that they can build a social network. Also, it is a platform for carers and families of the patients to support each other and release stress.
This is the first mobile truck for dementia patients in Hong Kong, to reach out for dementia patients. Operating since 2013, the truck is equipped with an activity room where consultations and cognitive trainings for patients can be carried out. The service is provided free of charge. The truck will travel to districts with a large elderly population and with inadequate support services for dementia patients. It will cooperate with local community organizations to promote the service.
The Coalition is a voluntary association initiated in 2007 by carers and families of dementia patients. It is a platform for the carers of dementia patients to interact with and support one another. It also promotes community education to raise public awareness on dementia patients. Advocacy and lobbying activities to the government on improving policies for dementia patients are also conducted.
Dementia patient carers and family members are eligible to particpate in this meeting. A gathering over tea is held in a comfortable environment and relaxing atmosphere. Experienced carers share experience and provide support to fresh carers, and friendship and informal support network gradually develop among them.