An inaugural Enabling Festival is a 3-day multidisciplinary festival that seeks to address the growing importance of dementia awareness and advocacy organised by Enable Asia LLP (Nuwa member Danny Raven Tan and associate Daniel Lim), and supported by Nuwa and other partners.
Nuwa will be organising a talk on art and dementia for artists, healthcare practitioners and general audiences with an interest in art and dementia projects and developments. Speakers to be confirmed shortly. This talk will be FREE but tickets must be reserved. General Admission to the festival is free and not ticketed.
The festival encompasses dementia films, theatre, music, dance, medical and educational workshops. There will be a keynote medical professional speaking on the focus of early detection.
As Dementia is an ongoing healthcare issue, there are increasing cases of conditions that can severely limit a patient’s quality of life are being diagnosed each day, placing a large burden on spouses, families and caregivers. Enable Asia are working with the support of the National Design Centre and the Agency for Integrated Care to identify problem statements; tinker and prototype solutions through a Designathon; and working with local and regional manufacturers to commercialize the ideas and product outputs. The focus will be on the 5 senses that aid human functionality.
Held at the National Design Centre, the Enabling Room engages the audience with a sensory experience of what a person with dementia will see, hear, smell, touch and the way they communicate, having understood the issues, the design challenge seeks to address these problems, i.e. through designs that are created and contextualized for the Asian dementia population.
Enable Asia would like to address two key audience groups and topic through the Enabling Festival and Designathon. Firstly the person living with dementia, secondly the caregivers and their well-being, and thirdly the community's perception of the person with dementia and the caregiver.
Enable Asia say "The key message is enablement; by enabling our love ones living with dementia, we reduce the caregivers’ stress. Enablement improves the quality of live and provides dignity for the person with dementia. This will not only impact the community in Singapore as a regional hub but also in aging countries across the region and Asia."