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CAL in the Media

The collection below lists instances in which CAL was featured by the media: in newspapers, on television and on radio. Also included are other mentions, such as in publications and speeches. Know something that's not included? Notify us about it through our website's enquiries form!

07 July 2024

实况报道:看护者的“我问天”……亲情何以为继 当记忆渐渐归零
(How can family affection continue when memories gradually fade away?)
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In this article, experts weighed in on the challenges of managing violent dementia patients and how Singapore's rapidly ageing population requires caregivers to be trained on the relevant caregiving knowledge, and be wrapped by a support system of resources to care for their loved ones with dementia. The steady increase in dementia cases also predicts that more caregivers will be vulnerable to experiencing mental health issues. The article further details that while both families and nursing homes play an important role in dementia care, nursing homes in Singapore are facing immense pressure to meet the demand due to manpower limitations. 

CAL Programme Manager Louis Lee shared that to meet the growing needs of these population, the number of classes for C2C-Dementia Training Programme by CAL has also seen an increase from 8 to 35 per year, and CAL's partnership with our community partners has been vital to ensure that our programmes and services are accessible to caregivers across Singapore.

30 June 2024

Capital 958: How CAL supports caregivers of persons with mental health issues
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In this radio interview, CAL Cluster Head Evelyn Chng, alongside IMH Executive Philip Lee shared on the CAL's longstanding partnership with IMH, and how caregivers are important in the recovery of a person with a mental health issue. Evelyn clarifies the differences between a professional and personal family caregiver, and emphasises the importance of caregivers sharing their lived experiences with other caregivers. She highlights that though one may not be a caregiver now, one should learn and be aware of the available help and resources to aid them as future caregivers.

 

Evelyn also shared how CAL's fundraising efforts, caregiver engagement activities and volunteer work, and partnerships with various corporate, community and hospital partners increases islandwide visibility of CAL programmes and services, ensuring that caregivers can get timely and accessible help at no cost.

09 June 2024

Rising number of cases: What is it like to care for a child with an eating disorder?
Straits Times
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​In this explainer article detailing the caregiving and recovery journey of parents whose loved ones are diagnosed with eating disorders, C2C-Eating Disorder (ED) Graduate Angela Tan shares with readers the challenges and frustrations she faced supporting her daughter's recovery from anorexia nervosa. 

CAL Programme Manager Nandita Nalawala gave insights into the takeaways of the C2C-ED Training Programme, which included teaching caregivers how to separate the illness from the person, and how it takes a village to encourage and support the recovery of a loved one with eating disorder.

06 June 2024

Daily Cuts - A Letter to Myself: Schizophrenia couldn't keep me down
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​In this radio interview, Programme Manager Valerie Liu shares her recovery journey from schizophrenia, and how consistent treatment plan, strong support network and healthy coping strategies allowed her to overcome her initial challenges with the mental health condition. She particularly credits a turning point in her journey to her mother, Cindy Tan, who had attended CAL's Caregiver-to-Caregiver (C2C) Training Programme and is also now a Programme Manager with CAL. While Valerie shares that they are now bestfriends, she let on the challenges that they both faced as a mother-daughter duo in the initial stages of her dignosis. Have a listen of how Valerie made it through those challenging times and what she would tell her younger self.

04 June 2024

Commentary: Cancer is my latest curveball in life, and here’s why I’m not keeping it under wraps anymore
TODAY
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In this commentary, CAL Head of Communications Ryp Yong shares her story as a breast cancer survivor, and her journey of growing beyond the unpopular labels that one may find themselves struggling with at a certain life stage. Ryp writes on how the diagnosis happened, the initial stages of her cancer treatment and recovery process, and also the emotional reconciliation that she undertook. As she moved on from the cancer chapter, Ryp explains why she hid her diagnosis from her colleagues who are caring for loved ones with mental health issues or dementia, and how cancer is no longer a death sentence for her, but rather has given her a new lease on life. 

24 May 2024

Flexi-work guidelines not enough to return to the labour force, caregivers say
Channel News Asia
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In this explainer article, caregivers tell CNA about the challenges they face when seeking employment, and share their doubts over whether new flexi-work guidelines will help.

CAL Comms Executive Nur Hidayah and CAL C2C-Dementia Graduate Mark Chin shares how their caregiving impacted decisions surrounding their career path and choices, and how they had to take a step back from their pursuits for a working arrangement that meets their caregiving needs. CAL CEO Tim Lee cites the compassion needed to run a caregiver-friendly workplace, in addition to having a strong financial foundation so that the company can afford to give its staff flexibility.

16 March 2024

WIN Caregiver Support Network will expand to five new districts this June
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CAL is proud to announce the expansion of the WIN Caregivers Network to five new areas across Singapore, following the successful pilot programme with community partners People's Association Women's Integration Network (WIN) Council and Women's Executive Committees (WEC), which benefitted over 300 caregivers. From June 2024, we hope to offer help, hope and friendship to even more caregivers - those in Toa Payoh West-Thomson, Eunos, Chong Pang, Kampong Chai Chee and Boon Lay. 

Read on and journey with CAL's C2C-PMHI Alumni cum Volunteer Trainer, Alice Loo and how CAL's C2C programmes have helped her understand and manage her loved one with schizophrenia. 

16 March 2024

Caregiver support network expands to five new areas including Eunos and Chong Pang
The Straits Times
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CAL is proud to announce the expansion of the WIN Caregivers Network to five new areas across Singapore, following the successful pilot programme with community partners People's Association Women's Integration Network (WIN) Council and Women's Executive Committees (WEC), which benefitted over 300 caregivers. From June 2024, we hope to offer help, hope and friendship to even more caregivers - those in Toa Payoh West-Thomson, Eunos, Chong Pang, Kampong Chai Chee and Boon Lay. 

17 January 2024

Would you change jobs in your 40s or 50s? These women made a midlife career switch with no regrets
CNA Lifestyle
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In this feature article celebrating women forging new paths in pursuit of purposeful careers, meet former CAL staff Michelle Tan, who leaped from the world of advertising into social services. Her caregiving journey to her late mother with cancer encouraged her to redefine success in her professional life. Michelle, who was first a volunteer trainer before joining CAL as an Outreach Manager, has formally completed her graduate diploma in social work with the Singapore University of Social Sciences, and hopes to continue and be of service to those in need.

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