Parkinson Society Singapore
Parkinson Society Singapore (PSS) was formed on 16 December 1996 by a group of doctors and caregivers to help people living with Parkinson. The society was registered as a charity on 28 January 2000 and is a member of National Council of Social Service (NCSS).
Since then, the Society has organized a number of programmes including annual public forums, therapeutic exercise programmes and social and recreational activities, aimed at improving the lives of People with Parkinson (PwP). Singapore’s first community-based Parkinson Centre provides PwP and their caregivers with the much needed support beyond those provided in hospitals.
A wide range of specially customized programmes that cater to the various needs of PwP and related disorders have been developed.
– Movement Training (Moving Well with Parkinson – Physiotherapy Exercise, Dance Therapy, Yoga, Tai Chi)
– Voice Training (Do Re Mi, Karaoke Sessions)
– Dexterity Training (Art & Craft, Chinese Calligraphy, Enabling Music)
– Cognitive Training (Max Mind)
– Psychosocial Support (Life in Balance – Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)
Community Outreach & Caregiver Support- Besides providing counselling for caregivers and people with Parkinson, the Centre provides training for caregivers and community care through Community Care Partners Programmes (CCPP) and Caregivers’ Workshops.
Public Education- The Centre serves as a resource base where public education programmes, talks and forums as well as resource materials on Parkinson are available.
Support Groups- The Centre provides information and access to the various support groups organized by the hospitals. An exclusive support group entitled the Youthful Parkinson Circle (YPC) is open to PSS members who were diagnosed with Parkinson before age 60.
In Singapore, three out of every 1000 individuals aged 50 years and above have Parkinson. The number of PwP is expected to go up in our rapidly ageing population.
Intended use of funds through the YFC 2018 programme
Depending on the project, funds raised through this programme will be funneled to existing rehabilitative programs at the Centre for People with Parkinson as well as covering the operational costs of the Parkinson Centre, which remains the only Centre for the local Parkinson community.
Engaging and involving the YFC participants
We would invite them over to the Centre and have them volunteer or participate in the various activities in order for the team to get to know the beneficiaries on the ground and experience the programmes for themselves. By putting themselves in the shoes of the beneficiaries, the team would be able to understand the needs of the beneficiaries and design their project based on that.