Apr 9, 2019
Parkinson’s disease affects people around the world, so societies in different countries manage it according to their own circumstances. Singapore, a modern, prosperous southeast Asian country, has a rapidly aging population, and thus, an increasing need to provide services to people with Parkinson’s, which occurs mainly in older individuals. Workers at the National Neuroscience Institute in Singapore, a Parkinson’s Foundation Center of Excellence, recognized that hospitals and nursing homes cannot handle the impending health care burden themselves and have therefore designed and implemented three community outreach programs to serve people with PD and to educate health care workers how best to serve this population. Dr. Louis Tan of the Department of Neurology describes these programs, how people respond to them, and alliances they have made with other organizations.