We naturally worry for our aging loved ones as they become forgetful over time, thinking it might be an early onset of dementia. Dementia, however, is not a disease in itself but rather a description of a group of symptoms related to progressive loss of cognitive function. Cognitive function refers to one’s ability to think, remember and reason. Losing these functions would greatly impact a person’s way of living so it would be good to seek early help by going for a cognitive impairment assessment.

​​Someone with dementia may:

  • Forget events and instructions
  • Repeat questions or conversations
  • Lose items frequently or regularly, for example their wallet or keys
  • Forget appointments, birthdays or social commitments
  • Frequently getting lost whilst driving
  • Have trouble finding words during conversations
  • Face difficulties in learning new skills
  • Have reduced ability in doing familiar tasks (e.g. bill paying or cooking)
  • Feel overwhelmed or confused by new situations

Dementia is a progressive condition, but there are many ways to slow down the cognitive decline. Medication as well as therapies such as reality orientation and reminiscence can manage the challenges this condition brings. Occupational therapy will also help empower persons with dementia in carrying out activities of independent living, such as preparing meals and showering.

Services at IMH

Outpatient Clinics at IMH​

IMH runs Psychogeriatric Clinics at the hospital’s Clinic B and Community Wellness Clinics located at Geylang Polyclinic and Queenstown Polyclinic, which cater to the mental health needs of the elderly.. In addition, IMH’s Memory Clinic offers assessment, support, information and advice to people with memory-related issues and their caregivers. This specialty clinic is run by a multidisciplinary team consisting of a psychiatrist, memory clinic nurse, psychologist, occupational therapist and medical social worker. The clinic sees individuals of all ages who are facing cognitive impairment, such as memory problems or personality change.
To make an appointment to see a doctor, please call 6389 2200.

Dementia-friendly Wards

IMH’s Sunshine Wing serves psychiatric patients aged 65 years old and above. The wing consists of two geriatric acute wards with a total of 50 beds. Each ward is equipped with elderly-friendly and dementia-friendly features and unique facilities that are designed to improve the care of patients with dementia and its related behavioral and mental challenges.

Dementia