The Story Of Uncle's Aw
The population is ageing everywhere, including Singapore. The number of elderly citizens aged 65 above in Singapore is expected to double from 440,000 in 2015, to 900,000 by 2030. Along with this “Silver Tsunami” is the upward trend of the number of elderly who are living alone – which is estimated to increase from 35,000 in 2012 to 83,000 by 2030. Elderly who are staying alone are at higher risk of social isolation and tend to have poor access to healthcare. Watch the video of Uncle Aw, one of our elderly participants in the SHINESeniors research programme led by SMU-TCS iCity Lab, who will share with you a part of his life story. So how can technology be used to help our seniors live independently in the community whilst respecting their privacy?
The Story Of Volunteer Xia Jia
Recent years have witnessed the emergence of ageing-in-place, an ageing paradigm that is harmonious with the aspirations of elderly to age gracefully, safely and comfortably in the community that they live in, and have access to a range of aged care facilities and services that will facilitate active ageing-in-place. To support the needs and wants of the elderly and to enable them to age-in-place, government initiated schemes and elderly-care resources at all levels - individual, community and city – need to be in place. However, the old-age support in Singapore will reduce to 2:1 by 2030. There is a persistent shortage of available care service providers and volunteer resources from the community. Watch the story of Xia Jie, a senior So how can technology be used to support community care providers in providing personalised care for seniors who are living alone?
The multidimensional nature of the ageing problem calls for a comprehensive approach to ensure that various aspects of the elderly’s life are considered in the design of technological solutions and the formulation of care and intervention processes. This will ensure that the dignity and quality of life of the elderly is maintained, while improving the efficacy and effectiveness of the aged care ecosystem. We therefore envisage a holistic and personalized care model, whereby the needs and aspirations of elderly are given utmost attention, enabled by technologies that understands and respect the uniqueness of every individual elderly. The SHINESeniors project helps streamline community care services using technology. This has resulted in better care delivery and personalisation. Our project seeks to improve the well-being and happiness of senior Singaporeans.
Last updated on 03 May 2016 .