Iconic Singapore Landmarks Light Up In Solidarity With Dementia Community on World Alzheimer’s Day

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 Five of Singapore’s most iconic landmarks were lighted up in hues of purple and yellow on the evening of 21 September 2022.

#ShineForDementia Campaign By Dementia Singapore

To commemorate World Alzheimer’s Day and champion the dementia cause in Singapore, Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay, Marina Bay Sands, National Gallery Singapore, Singapore Flyer, and Singapore Sports Hub were illuminated in purple and yellow.

Purple is the symbolic colour universally associated with dementia, while yellow represents positivity, providing an enlightened contrast to the stigma and negativity often associated with the condition.

The light-up was part of advocacy efforts by Dementia Singapore to raise awareness for the condition and the people impacted by it – people living with dementia, caregivers and family members, healthcare professionals, and community care workers – during the month of September, which is globally commemorated as World Alzheimer’s Month.

About Dementia

Dementia is a general term that describes a wide range of symptoms such as loss of memory, difficulties in communication and problem-solving, and other reduced cognitive abilities that are severe enough to interfere with daily life. Types of dementia include Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia, Lewy body dementia, and frontotemporal dementia.

Light-Up Of Singapore's Iconic Landmarks

Singapore Sports Hub

Photo Credit: Singapore Sports Hub

This is the second year running that the National Stadium was lighted up on World Alzheimer’s Day in support of Dementia Singapore’s efforts. With Singapore Sports Hub’s continued support and more partners on board this year, Dementia Singapore hopes to create an even greater impact.

National Gallery Singapore

Photo Credit: National Gallery Singapore

Last year, National Gallery Singapore joined CARA, Dementia Singapore’s pioneering community and lifestyle membership programme for the dementia community, as a Benefits Partner, giving CARA members access to exclusive privileges, including free admission tickets to listed tours.

Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay

Photo Credit: Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay

Esplanade is a Solutions Partner on the CARA platform, enabling members to sign up for the Esplanade&Me Discover membership to enjoy ticketing specials and other benefits.

In 2016, Esplanade partnered with Dementia Singapore to develop the community engagement programme, Sing Out Loud! Piloted in one of Dementia Singapore’s daycare centres, New Horizon Centre (Toa Payoh), Sing Out Loud! provides persons living with dementia and their caregivers opportunities to deepen their engagement with music through the reminiscence of songs and singing workshops. Under the Esplanade Academy, they have also extended capabilitybuilding workshops to arts practitioners and social service professionals keen to use music and singing to engage persons with dementia.

In 2021, Esplanade was recognised by AIC as Singapore’s first Dementia-Friendly Arts Venue and a Dementia Go-To Point.

Singapore Flyer

Photo Credit: Singapore Flyer

Marina Bay Sands

Photo Credit: Marina Bay Sands


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Leona Quek
Blessed with 3 handsome and loving boys in her life. Two of them call her Mommy, the other calls her Wifey. Every night, she wishes for an early bedtime, but misses her babies as soon as they sleep.

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