Assisting Efforts to Create Awareness on Alzheimer’s Disease
Kuala Lumpur – Manulife Insurance (Malaysia) Berhad (Manulife Malaysia) today contributed cognitive exercise equipment valued at RM12,200 to the Alzheimer’s Care Centre as part of the Company’s long-term commitment to support the communities in which it operates.
The equipment was handed over by Mr Peter Robertson, President and Chief Executive Office of Manulife Malaysia to Y. Bhg Datuk Dr. Yim Khai Kee, Chairman, Executive Committee of Alzheimer’s Disease Foundation Malaysia at a presentation ceremony.
The Alzheimer’s Care Centre is established, funded and run by the Alzheimer’s Disease Foundation Malaysia.
“There are approximately 10,000 people currently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease in the country. However, as this illness normally afflicts people above the age of 65, for many of whom the disease remains undetected and therefore untreated. That’s why we felt it important to help raise awareness of this disease and the great work that the Alzheimer’s Care Centre is doing. We hope our contribution will help expand the Centre’s Therapeutic Activities and Reminiscence Therapy efforts and help the Centre to continue to provide much needed care to residents afflicted by this crippling disease,” said Mr. Robertson.
“We are extremely grateful to receive Manulife’s thoughtful contribution. Alzheimer’s Disease affects the functioning of the brain and such equipment is important in helping to stimulate brain activity which we hope will slow the decline of mental functions,” said Y. Bhg Datuk Dr. Yim.
“Alzheimer’s Disease needs greater awareness in Malaysia. Many people do not receive the care they need as family members may just assume the symptoms to be part of growing old,” added Y. Bhg Datuk Dr. Yim.
The contribution is part of Manulife Malaysia’s commitment to supporting community projects. Other initiatives have included providing assistance to underprivileged children and to the elderly to help improve their quality of life.
Mr Robertson said: “Manulife’s corporate giving goes beyond monetary contributions. We want all our contributions to be meaningful to the recipients and that’s why we take great steps to ensure we donate what is really needed and for the Alzheimer’s Care Centre, it was this specialized equipment.”
The Azheimer’s Care Centre also provides respite to caregivers of those suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease (AD). Y. Bhg Datuk Dr Yim said that it can be extremely tiring looking after AD patients and the Centre accepts patients who are dropped off for a few hours or a day for the caregivers to have some time for themselves.
The presentation ceremony was attended by the Manulife Malaysia staff and agency members, the Executive Committee members of Alzheimer’s Disease Foundation Malaysia and family members of residents at the Centre.
About Alzheimer’s Care Centre
The Alzheimer’s Care Centre was set up in 2003, when Lee Foundation donated RM200,000 and Yee Seng Amalgated Berhad offered a 3-year rent-free lease to a valuable piece of land in Taman Seputeh. Today, the centre has registered a total of 38 patients with a daily attendance averaging 10. The centre provides not only a homely place for the patients but also activities with planned Therapeutic Activities and Reminiscence Therapy. These are primarily to provide mental and physical stimulus to make the best use of the remaining skills and abilities of patients. The patron of the centre is YBhg Datin Seri Wendy Ong.
About Manulife Malaysia
Manulife Insurance (Malaysia) Berhad, established in 1963, is a member of Canada-based Manulife Financial Corporation. Manulife Malaysia offers an innovative range of financial protection and wealth management products and services to meet different customer needs. The Company currently serves the needs of more than 270,000 policyholders and is one of the most financially sound life insurance companies in the country. Manulife Malaysia has been listed on the Main Board of Bursa Malaysia since 1984. As at September 30, 2007, Manulife Malaysia’s assets under management were RM2.9 billion.
About Manulife Financial
Manulife Financial is a leading Canadian-based financial services group serving millions of customers in 19 countries and territories worldwide. Operating as Manulife Financial in Canada and Asia, and primarily through John Hancock in the United States, the Company offers clients a diverse range of financial protection products and wealth management services through its extensive network of employees, agents and distribution partners. Funds under management by Manulife Financial and its subsidiaries were Cdn$399 billion (US$400.5 billion) as at September 30, 2007.
Manulife Financial Corporation trades as ‘MFC’ on the TSX, NYSE and PSE, and under ‘0945’ on the SEHK. Manulife Financial can be found on the Internet at www.manulife.com.
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