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...