On 28 February 2018, the University of Malaya (UM) and the Genting Group signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to collaborate in setting up and operating the Dementia Care Centre.
For over a decade, the Genting Group has invested in and been involved with companies developing novel treatments and diagnostic tools for dementia, in particular Alzheimer’s Disease. The Dementia Care Centre is Genting Group’s latest CSR initiative, which aims to raise the standard of care for dementia patients while assisting those living with dementia and providing support and training for their families and caregivers.
Under the collaboration, the Genting Group will develop, construct, and operate the Centre, while UM will provide key personnel from its Division of Geriatric Medicine to take on the role of clinical directors at the Centre and to assist in the running of the Centre. The state-of-the-art facility is envisaged to be located on land to be leased from UM in Petaling Jaya, Selangor.
Puan Sri Cecilia Lim, the wife of Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay, Genting Group’s Chairman and Chief Executive, will be the patron of the Dementia Care Centre.
One in 20 persons above the age of 60 have dementia and the number of people with dementia worldwide is expected to increase exponentially in tandem with the rapid growth of the aging population globally. “Until we have a cure, people with dementia, their families and caregivers need our help and support” said Tan Sri Lim.
Commenting on the partnership, Tan Sri Lim said: “Given University Malaya Medical Centre’s work on dementia and dementia care, we are delighted to partner with UM to pool our respective resources and expertise to help people living with dementia achieve the best possible quality of life, and to provide support, respite and education to their families and caregivers”.
The Vice-Chancellor of UM, Datuk Ir. Abdul Rahim Hashim says of the collaboration; “With our fully trained dementia specialist and established international achievements on dementia research, we are honoured to partner with Genting on this important step forward in caring for our aging population. The Centre will play a significant role both as a care centre for people with dementia as well as a resource and research centre on dementia. We at the University are eager to kick off what is surely to be a long and fruitful collaboration with Genting”.
The Centre is designed with input from clinicians to provide a safe and conducive environment for people living with dementia and will run mental and physical development programmes aimed at helping to slow down the progression of dementia. The Centre will provide training to care givers, family members and professionals involved in dementia care. It will also be a place for caregivers to network and share best practices in the care of people with dementia.
Apart from care and education, the Centre will also be dedicated towards dementia research, building upon UM’s developed research track record on the issue, with the aim of elevating the standard of dementia care in the country and around the world.