ENACTUS Club of UniKL RCMP in collaboration with the Dementia Day Care, Ipoh organized 'My Precious Memory' to celebrate the senior citizens who were suffering from dementia diseases. The program was held on Saturday, 16th February 2019 at the Dementia Day Care Centre and was graced by YB Puan Wong May Ing, Chairman of State Social Welfare, Women Development and Family and Welfare Committee.
Miss Iffah Nasuha Mohd Razif, My Precious Memory Project Manager/ MBBS students in her welcoming speech said the program aimed to enhance the committee members communication skills and to portray the element of empathy toward others mainly the elderly.
YB Puan Wong May Ing in her keynote address said that Perak has the highest number of elderly population of 65 years and above in Malaysia and will become an aged state in 2020. "There is a growing need for dementia care and therefore timely services should be in place to cope with the demands of people with dementia. This disease needs special attention because those affected by the disease are no longer able to take care of themselves. Caregivers of dementia patients often experience significant emotional disturbances as a result of their caring role".
She thanks UniKL RCMP for inculcating the spirit of serving the community of the special needs. “Today’s youths will be the future leaders serving the country. It is a good start that they are keen to serve the community and I feel proud of the university that encourages the students and nurtures to get them involved in serving the community. Moreover, the UniKL Royal College of Medicine itself set an example in adopting the Dementia Society Perak as one of its Corporate Social Responsibility”.
Also present were Professor Dr. Esther Gunaseli Eben, President of Dementia Society Perak, Associate Professor Dr. Mah Kin Kheong, Deputy Dean Academic/ Vice President of Dementia Society Perak, Puan Nur Iman Abdul Wahab, Head of Corporate Governance Department, En Ahmad Nor Ihsan Baharuddin, ENACTUS Advisor, UniKL RCMP staff, caregivers and 40 Enactus committee members