Fun with Dementia 耆樂無窮

Collaborator: Standard Chartered Hong Kong 150th Anniversary Community Foundation Alzheimer’s Community Support Centre, Tung Wah Group of Hospitals

Date 11, 18, 25 April & 2 May 2015 (Sat)
Location North Point
No. of Volunteers Participated (Person-time) 8
No. of Service Recipients 20

Initiated by PSL (Public Service Leader), the project aimed at identifying the symptoms of Dementia and providing emotional and physical support to the elderly through thematic games and activities. HKUST volunteers played a music game and invited the elderly to share their happy moment and hard time. By the end of the visit, the volunteers introduced the elderly an exercise to strengthen their eye-hand coordination.

Students share about their experience here

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Volunteers interacting with the elderly on one-on-one basis
 
Volunteers helping the elderly doing exercise with their hands and eyes
 
Student Sharing:    

老人家雖然在不少人眼中覺得麻煩長氣,但其實他們的長氣只是想吸引我們注意,或者是不知道自己說了什麼,但他們其實沒想像中那麼難相處。只要我們放多一點愛心和耐性,會學習到更多人生觀以及自己未曾經歷的經驗。人生是短暫的,所以趁自己有能力的時候關心自己身邊的人和事。

- Brian Wong Tai Hong, SSCI, Year 3

Many people may not be willing to communicate with the elderly as they do not react as fast as we do or they are not as active as us. Yet, as long as you are willing to talk to them and be patient, you can definitely learn a great lesson from them.

- CWK, SBM, Year 2