Wednesday, March 30, 2016

The Fountain of Wealth

Sunday, March 06, 2016

of Zhou Decheng, the missing 71-year-old man who suffers from dementia

It was a peacefully warm Saturday afternoon and I was waiting for bus 859 when this poster beckoned to me. It was about a missing person, a 71-year-old Zhou Decheng who was last seen at Blk 336 Clementi Avenue 2 on 27 Feb 2016 at about 7 am. The poster also stated that Zhou suffered from dementia. I can't imagine how his family are feeling. They must have searched for the whole Clementi & extended their effort throughout Singapore even to the northern part like Sembawang. Sigh. Granted Singapore is relatively small, but still to expect to locate 1 person among the 5.54 million people (at least as per Statistics Singapore for June 2015) is not an easy task. And to add to that Zhou Decheng is not exactly young himself & moreover he suffers from dementia.

Wikipedia mentions that:
Globally, dementia affects 36 million people. About 10% of people develop the disorder at some point in their lives. It becomes more common with age. About 3% of people between the ages of 65–74 have dementia, 19% between 75 and 84 and nearly half of those over 85 years of age.

Think about it. One day we too may possibly be suffering from dementia. And we too may cause distress to our loved ones if one day, we go missing like what happens to Zhou Decheng.

Sigh. I am not so looking forward growing older...

...and this joke is no longer funny to me.

Wednesday, March 02, 2016

of Prudential Relationship Reconnect in Singapore

So what's your take on the clip, "Prudential Relationship Reconnect in Singapore"? The goal of this “social experiment” to see if simply looking at someone for four quiet, uninterrupted minutes could create a sense of closeness and empathy. Interesting, really. But why four minutes? Will the same result be obtained if the duration is shorter? Will a more profound sense of closeness and empathy be generated if the duration is longer?

The Climbing Dutchman...