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CWA Caregivers' Week 2019

Thank You For Making CWA Caregivers' Week 2019 

A Huge Success!

We would like to take this opportunity to thank our kind sponsors GobblerCo, Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple, Lee Foundation, Providence Law Asia LLC, Rain AD Pte.Ltd, Tan Chin Tuan Foundation, Jurong Town Corporation (JTC), NUHS management, working partners, volunteers and participants in making CWA Caregivers' Week 2019 a huge success!
It is only with all these support that we are able to create more awareness on the challenges and struggles that family caregivers go through daily in providing the much needed care to their loved ones. Caregivers also benefited from participating in meaningful activities such as public symposium and workshops, where they are equipped with the knowledge and skills for respite care which is important to prevent burnout. 

Public Symposium on 'Caregivers' Challenges and Well-Being'

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Mental Wellness Workshop @ Fusionopolis

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Topic: 'Mindfulness Towards A Better Sleep'
Trainer and Therapist: Ms Dawn Sim

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Topic: 'Pain Management with Aromatherapy & Acupressure' 
Trainer: Ms Adeline Lim

Cognitive Stimulating Workshop for Caregivers of Seniors

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Appreciation Luncheon for Caregivers and Volunteers  
(Grand Copthorne Waterfront)

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CWA's President, Dr Tan Hong Yee delivering his opening address to family caregivers, volunteers and community caregivers.

CWA Caregivers’ Week Roadshows

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Date: 4 November – 8 November 2019
Venue: Fusionopolis One Atrium, Level 1

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Date: 18 November – 22 November 2019
Venue: NUH Main Building Lobby B

"Finding Solace in Caregiving" 

Join us at CWA Caregivers' Week 2019

A journey of a caregiver can be tough, tiring and isolated. 

We believe that with proper support from the community and understanding from their families and friends, caregivers will have the strength, empathy, hope and love to carry on their caregiving journey.

Public Symposium on "Caregivers' Challenges and Well-Being"


Date: 2 November 2019, Saturday

Time: 9am to 3pm (Registration starts at 8.30am)
Venue: Aspiration Theatrette, Level 2M, Matrix Building (5 mins walk from Buona Vista MRT station, Exit D)


Admission Fee: $15 per person and $25 for two persons (*Inclusive of lunch and an event goodie bag per person)                   

                          'Early Bird Registration': Register before 25 Oct 2019 and enjoy a special rate of $10 per person

Registration: or call us at 6466 7996/ 6466 7957 


Upon receiving your registration, we will send you an email acknowledgement. Your registration will only be confirmed once we have received payment from you. (Note: In the event that you cancel your registration, there will be no refund whatsoever.)


Options for payment:


a)    Cheque payment - Please make your cheque payable to "Caregiving Welfare Association" (Please indicate at the back of your  cheque – payment for CWA Public Symposium 2019)


b)    Online bank transfer - DBS Current Account 033-9011-68-1(Please email us with your transaction number once you have made the online bank transfer)


c)     ATM bank transfer - DBS Current Account 033-9011-68-1 (Please email us with your receipt number once you have made the ATM bank transfer) 

How to get to the symposium?


There will be a free shuttle bus service to ferry all participants to Aspiration Theatrette, Level 2M, Matrix Building. 


The pickup point is in front of MOE Building (Buona Vista MRT Exit D, facing North Buona Vista Road - main road), from 8.30am – 9.30am. There will be free transportation back to Buona Vista MRT station after the symposium. More information on the directions to the symposium venue will be provided upon your registration with us. 

For more information, please visit us again or email us at if you have any questions.  


Topic 1:

Dealing with Caregiving Challenges

Speaker: Ms Janet Phang 

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Ms Janet Phang

Clinical Psychologist

Mind Care Therapy Suites

Farrer Park Medical Centre

Master in Psychology (Clinical)

University of Western Australia


Janet Phang is a clinical psychologist working at Mind Care Therapy Suites, situated in Farrer Park Medical Centre. She graduated from the University of Western Australia with a Master in Psychology (Clinical). She has worked in a variety of restructured and private settings, including the National Cancer Centre (NCC) and the Singapore General Hospital (SGH). In addition to working with patients with mental health issues, she is also experienced in supporting patients dealing with a spectrum of medical conditions. As part of her work, she often works closely with and provides support to caregivers to help them better manage the stresses associated with caregiving.

Synopsis: Dealing with Caregiving Challenges 

Many Singaporeans today are in the position of having to provide caregiving. Whilst being there for our loved ones in their hour of need is a value most of us can identify with, it also brings about challenges that we may not be prepared for or even feel equipped to deal with. The stresses associated with caregiving can lead to high levels of stress and caregiver burnout. This talk will address some common challenges experienced by caregivers in these areas and various coping strategies to deal with them:

- Mental health concerns

- Health concerns

- Family challenges

- Secondary strains (work, finances, relationships, etc)

Topic 2:

Diet and Nutrition: Smart Food Choices 

Speaker: Ms Chng Pey Ling


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Senior Dietitian, Tan Tock Seng Hospital

BCS nutrition & Dietetics (Honour), University of Sydney 

Chng Pey Ling is a Senior Dietitian practicing in Tan Tock Seng Hospital. She is currently specialized in Neurology, for example, nutritional management for Parkinson Disease and Motor Neurodegenerative Diseases. She is also experienced in nutrition support and counseling in different medical disciplines such as Geriatric Medicines, General Surgical, Oncology, chronic disease management. She is passionate in understanding the nutrition related challenges faced, provide and equip the public with nutritional related knowledge and strategies, to maintain or improve overall wellness and quality of life.

Synopsis: Diet and Nutrition (Smart Food Choices)

As we get older, our bodies have different needs, so certain nutrients become especially important for good health. Getting older also bring on health challenges such as frailty and dementia, which can be aggravated by poor dietary practices. This lecture covers on dietary recommendations and nutrition related challenges of caregivers and older adults, as well as caregivers with practical strategies to make smart food choices so that we can continue to care for the overall wellness and quality of life for both our caregivers and dependable older adults


(Session Two will commence after lunch break)

Topic 3:

Discovering Strength and Overcoming Guilt of Self-appraisal

Speaker: Mr Udhia Kumar


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Social Worker 


Udhia Kumar graduated with a Bachelor of Social Sciences in Social Work and Psychology from the National University of Singapore in 1995. He has also obtained a Post Graduate Diploma in Solution Focused Brief Therapy from the Brief Therapy Centre, Milwaukee US, as well as a Diploma in Clinical Supervision from Counselling & Care Centre. Kumar currently practices in a community based social service centre in Singapore and has been doing so for over 20 years. His main area of work involves working with families experiencing violence, marital issues, interpersonal issues and supervising Social Workers.


Synopsis: Discovering Strength and Overcoming Guilt of Self-appraisal

During the course of caregiving, caregivers tend to focus more on their weaknesses than strengths. Thus, leading them to question if they are good enough in their role and may start blaming themselves for not being able to perform better for their loved ones. Very often, this results in the caregiver’s negative self-appraisal and their neglect in the importance of self-care.

In this interactive and engaging session, participants will better understand how by focusing on their hidden strengths and practising self-care could further help them in their caregiving journey.

Panel DiscussionTheme: Dealing with Emotions Arising from Caregiving


In the journey of caregiving, the well-being of caregivers is often neglected as they are often occupied with their caregiving duties for their loved ones. As a result, caregivers may carry with them different emotions during the different stages of their caregiving journey.

Join us at this panel discussion, where participants will be engaged through our interactive online platform. Hear from our professionals their views on how caregivers can better manage their emotions and take away practical tips in how to cope with the challenges of caregiving.



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Ms Maureen Fung

Social Worker and Educator 


Ms Fung is a trained social worker and educator. She currently serves on the Board of SHINE Children & Youth Services and the Dover Park Hospice Medifund Committee. She also provides social work supervision at several Voluntary Welfare Organisations. She was previously the Chief Executive Officer at the Asian Women’s Welfare Association (AWWA) and Executive Director of Samaritans of Singapore (SOS).  Ms Fung was also an adjunct social work lecturer and supervisor at SUSS. She had also led the Allied Health team at Dover Park Hospice.


Ms Janet Phang, Ms Chng Pey Ling and Mr Udhia Kumar


Invited Guests (Caregivers):

Ms Nurhayatti Binte Mohamed Hussain (caregiver)

Mr Ong Chin Leng (former caregiver)


Mental Wellness Workshop @ Fusionopolis

Date: 1 November 2019, Friday

Workshop A: 12pm to 1pm

Workshop B: 1pm to 2pm

Venue: Fusionopolis

Admission Fee: Due to limited space per workshop, participants are to register only for one workshop at a fee of $10 per workshop (inclusive of light refreshment).  

Registration: or call us at 6466 7996/ 6466 7957

(Special registration for JTC tenants. Please indicate your full name and name of your company when you register with us via email or phone. Do note that registration is on a first come first served basis)  

Options for payment:


a)    Cheque payment - Please make your cheque payable to "Caregiving Welfare Association" (Please indicate at the back of your cheque – payment for 'Mental Wellness Workshop' Indicate Workshop A or Workshop B)


b)    Online bank transfer - DBS Current Account 033-9011-68-1(Please email us with your transaction number once you have made the online bank transfer)


c)     ATM bank transfer - DBS Current Account 033-9011-68-1 (Please email us with your receipt number once you have made the ATM bank transfer


Workshop A: (12pm to 1pm) 

Mindfulness: Towards A Better Sleep


In the era of busyness and productivity, we often view sleep as a sign of laziness or a waste of time.

However, productivity, wellness and health fundamentally cannot be without sleep.


Do you know?

You can last three days without water, thirty days without food - and only seven days without sleep.

Join us for this workshop to learn about sleep hygiene, tips and mindfulness practices for better sleep.


Through these activities, you will get to learn some useful skills and knowledge for your caregiving duties and enhance your own mental well being. 

(Limited to 20 participants only)


Trainer and Therapist: Ms Dawn Sim


Speaker's background: 

Ms Dawn Sim (Social-Emotional Learning and Mindfulness Trainer)

• Master of Social Science in Professional Counselling (Swinburne)

• Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute

• Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (UMass) 

• Certified trainer of the .b, Paws b and .b Foundations mindfulness curriculums under the Mindfulness in Schools Project  



Foundations mindfulness curriculums under the Mindfulness in Schools Project (MiSP) 

Founder and Director of The Open Centre, Dawn holds a Master of Social Science in Professional Counselling (Swinburne) and is a mindfulness- based psychotherapist and trainer. She completed her training at the Center for Mindfulness - University of Massachusetts, is a qualified teacher of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) programme as well as a trainer of Search Inside Yourself and of .b and Paws b mindfulness curriculum under the Mindfulness in Schools Project (MiSP).

Dawn shares a personal commitment to practice what she teaches, embodies the benefits of a well-balanced mind and is dedicated to helping both individuals and organisations. She has delivered mindfulness and resilience workshops and trainings to VWOs, corporates, support groups and schools. Some of the clients she has worked with include Singapore Association of Mental Health (SAMH) and Dow Jones.


Having studied and worked internationally in Osaka, Paris, New York and Hong Kong, Dawn is able to relate to a wide range of audience by combining pragmatic experiences and her passion for creating purposeful and happy lives. 

Workshop B: 1pm to 2pm

Pain Management with Aromatherapy & Acupressure 

Time to find your sweet spot by learning how to deal with pain by pairing Aromatherapy and Acupressure. Join professional aromatherapist, Ms Adeline Lim, on a journey to a deeper, more empowering perspective about managing pain and arm you with simple tools for daily use. Seen as an overall holistic treatment for optimum health, the use of Acupressure and Aromatherapy is a non-invasive combination, which can bring about a sense of calm and balance to your wellbeing. By using specific essential oils on certain acupressure points, you are inviting the effective action of touch and the plants’ therapeutic properties to assist in your restorative process.

(Limited to 20 participants only)

Trainer: Ms Adeline Lim

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Ms Adeline Lim is the founder of Nila Singapore Pte Ltd and have conducted numerous workshops on aromatherapy, ways to use essential oils, essential oils safety and essential oils profiles since 2015.



CWA Caregivers’ Week Roadshows

Come visit us at our CWA Caregivers Week 2019 Roadshow!

What to expect at the roadshow:

- Read more about caregivers' narratives 

- Find out more about programme and services 

- Support CWA by purchasing some handmade art and craft items by our seniors and volunteers!

Roadshow 1

Date: 4 November – 8 November 2019

Venue: Fusionopolis One Atrium, Level 1 (Above one-north MRT Station)

Roadshow 2

Date: 18 November – 22 November 2019

Venue: NUH Main Building Lobby B