Diary of a Singaporean Cabby: An Old Lady with Dementia & Dignity.


A cabby in Singapore blogged about the surreal conversation he had with a passenger with dementia. She was sure, then unsure about where she needed to go, at times pensive then belligerent, and finally got out of the cab after telling the cabby off.

Whilst the cabby treated her very kindly, and even refused to take her fare, the whole episode made me realise how vulnerable the old lady really was. I wish there was a way we could get her to safety. After all Singapore is a small nation, how far can anyone wander without a passport. Do read the blog and let me know what you think.

Diary of a Singaporean Cabby: An Old Lady with Dementia & Dignity..

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9 thoughts on “Diary of a Singaporean Cabby: An Old Lady with Dementia & Dignity.”

  1. Great blog, thanks. It is definitely not easy for a person with dementia to catch a cab or public transport… losing your license and then being granted subsidised cab vouchers does not really help!!

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  2. My siblings and I worry about this constantly. My mom has lost her purse and checkbook numerous times and typically blames the cab company. However, she will have forgotten the charge when they show up a week later … in the umbrella stand, in a drawer … never has it been due to theft by the cabbie. Lovely story that will remind us to be thankful for all the wonderful people who are helping keep my parents safe and encourage me to be that person in someone elses life.

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    1. Thank you, Kay. Yes, it is a good reminder for us to open our eyes and extend ourselves whenever possible. With growing awareness about dementia in Singapore, I do hope more people will recognise the symptoms and respond with sympathy.

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  3. My mother suffered from dementia, wait a minute. I don’t know that she was aware that she suffered from it. But all of her children suffered our mother with dementia. We kinda joked that she was so unaware, she really didn’t know what was going on. Sometimes you have to make jokes so to keep your sanity.
    Oh yes, the cab driver. Well the driver may have been personally acquainted with dementia. The person with the condition is too often unaware of the extent of their forgetfulness. Which can sometimes be a blessing -to them.

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