OFFICERS

Darwin A. Dasig, MD
President

Jacqueline C. Dominguez, MD
Vice President

Encarnita Raya-Ampil, MD
Secretary

Ma. Lourdes Corrales-Joson, MD
Assistant Secretary

Venus Serra-Arain, MD
Treasurer

Joseree Ann S. Catindig, MD
Assistant Treasurer

Maurice Sanosa, MD
PRO External

Jardine S. Sta. Ana, MD
PRO Internal

Richtofen de Jesus
PRO Allied Specialists

Venus Serra-Arain,MD
Immediate Past President

Simeon M. Marasigan, MD
Founding President

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Socorro Sarfati, MD
Fe Costales, MD
Eva Angel, MD
Limuel Anthony Abrogena, MD
Primitivo Mactal, PhD

 

Ginintuang Alaala Memory Lane Project

The “Ginintuang Alaala” is a project aimed at helping promote good quality life among the elderly. Inspired by the “Memory Lane” activity in Australia, the project was held for the first time on 4 September 2016 at the Torre Venezia Suites, in partnership with Hi-Esai Philippines.

The event had more than 60 participants, consisting of senior citizens, Persons with Dementia, their family and caregivers, members of DSP and Hi-Eisai Philippines. Amidst a ‘60s theme background, the participants were treated to a few hours of games, songs, dancing, short films and socialization activities.

To inspire fellow caregivers in the audience, testimonies were shared by well known personalities who have been caregivers to their loved ones with Dementia: Dr. Michael Tan, Medical Anthropologist and present Chancellor of UP Diliman, his son Joaquin Tan, and Risa Narvasa Batungbacal, daughter of former Chief Justice Andres Narvasa.

With the success of this pilot event, this project has been targeted to be held twice a year in different areas of Metro Manila.

Outreach Program in Tandag, Surigao del Sur, March 2016

DSP AFCS Continuing Partnership in 2016

Last September 21 – 25, 2016, the Australian Filipino Community Services (AFCS) conducted their Dementia Awareness Activities at Deakin Edge in Melbourne, Australia. This was a continuation of their previous project entitled “Filipinos Ageing in a Foreign Land”, which was held last October 2015.

The Dementia Society of the Philippines was once again invited to serve as resource speaker in the said event. Dr. Maurice “Bong” Sanosa and Ms. Precy “Peachy” Cruz came in behalf of DSP. They conducted lay lectures and shared their unique experiences in caring for Filipino elderlies with dementia. According to Ms. Norminda Forteza, managing director of AFCS, the audience connected well with their presentations. By the end of the sessions, “---many were in tears,” she said.

Dr. Jocelyn Apostol who is the new president of the Philippine Medical Association (PAMA), has invited Dr. Bong Sanosa to be part of the organizing committee for the planning and staging of the 2017 Filipino Families and Carers Health Day.

DSP-ASG Outreach Module on Early Dementia Surveillance

The Dementia Society of the Philippines has included in its services an outreach program that extends to the different provinces in the Philippines . The primary aim of the organization is to increase the awareness of physicians in the early detection of dementia and hone their skills in the evaluation and management of this disorder. The team that covers the program includes medical and non-medical members of the DSP. Allied medical specialists are included in the team in order to properly address the neuropsychological evaluation of patients with the use of simple tools and the non-pharmacologic management of early dementia.

The program of the outreach module is as follows:

  • Module Overview
  • Diagnosis of Early Dementia
  • Non-pharmacologic Treatment
  • Pharmacologic Treatment
  • Dementia Assesment Tools Workshop
  • Closing Remarks

Outreach Research Coordinators
Darwin A. Dasig, MD (head)
Jardine S. Sta Ana, MD
Primitivo B. Mactal, MA
Richthofen C. De Jesus, MA

DSP Collaboration with the Australian Filipino Community Services in 2015

Last October 9, 2015, the Australian Filipino Community Services (AFCS) held a public forum entitled “Filipinos Ageing in a Foreign Land” at Deakin Edge in Melbourne, Australia. Ms. Norminda Forteza, managing director of the AFCS, invited the Dementia Society of the Philippines to serve as one of the resource speakers for the said event. Having previously established linkages with this group and sharing a common advocacy of taking care of dementia patients and their caregivers, our society was more than willing and happy to oblige. Dr. Maurice Sanosa, an accomplished geriatrician and one of the more active members of DSP, went there as our representative.

The public forum tackled issues on ageing well, the signs of dementia, advanced care planning methods, and care issues of returning migrants. Dr. Maurice Sanosa’s talk on early signs of dementia and advanced care planning methods using the Filipino perspective was well received by audience members at the event. Ms. Norminda Forteza sent a letter of appreciation addressed to our president, Dr. Darwin Dasig, commending the Dementia Society of the Philippines’ active participation in AFCS public forum.