The MACC is recruiting participants for research projects to help us have a better understanding of dementia and cognitive impairment. In the process, our participants also learn more about themselves and take an active role in the care of their own health and memory. Our studies are conducted under approved protocols that ensure the wellbeing, safety and privacy of our participants.

Before you decide to join our studies, you may be interested to read more on how age does affect our memory below.

How does age affect our memory?

Some changes in memory and thinking ability are part of the normal ageing process. Our cognitive abilities appear to peak around the age of 30, on average, then decline gradually with age. Normal age-related memory decline is subtle and may cause inconsistent forgetfulness that does not affect the activities of daily life or the ability to work. However, some individuals are at risks of developing mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and dementia, which is not part of the normal ageing process. Please click the button below to read more on what is MCI and Dementia, or you may take a screening test to see whether you are at risk of having MCI or dementia.

What is MCI and Dementia?

Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) is when a person has memory or thinking problems that are serious enough to be noticeable not only to the person affected but also to his/her family members and friends. People with MCI are still able to carry out everyday activities with no significant issues. People with MCI are more at risk of developing dementia than people without MCI.

Dementia describes a condition when a decline in memory and cognition is sufficiently severe to lead to the loss of a person’s daily functioning (working, shopping, doing housework, keep tracking of medication, etc.) The symptoms of dementia vary from person to person, and may include the following:
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    Memory loss
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    Changes in mood, personality or behaviour
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    Misplacing things
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    Difficulty performing familiar tasks
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    Disorientation to time & place
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    Problems with images & spatial awareness
  • Problem with language & communication
  • Alzheimer's Disease
    Poor or decreased judgement
  • Memory Decline
    Withdrawal from work or social activities
There are many different causes of dementia, the most common being Alzheimer’s disease (AD). Researchers have shown that in AD there is a build-up of abnormal proteins called beta-amyloid and tau in the brain. Patients might appear asymptomatic for many years, but as more and more abnormal proteins accumulate, cells die and the brain loses its ability to function. This process causes shrinkage in the affected parts of the brain and eventually leads to dementia. Although there are symptomatic treatments for AD, currently there is no approved disease modifying treatment for AD, but many studies and trials are being performed to discover ways to prevent progression of AD and to prevent dementia.
If you are interested to take part in these initiatives to prevent memory decline and dementia, please click the buttons below to read more about the AHEAD or SINGER study. If you are interested but not sure which study to join, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Liaw Hui Shan
6601 5669 (office)
9814 3296 (mobile)
Wong Zi Xuen
6601 1955 (office)