Thursday, June 3, 2010

Understanding the "The Elderly Challenge"

Explain in your own words, the FOUR key recommendations of the report.

1) Housing for Seniors: Elder-Friendly Housing
This recommendation is to help the elderly to meet their needs and live with their families and the community without many of the difficulties which the elderly have to face.

2) Accessibility for Seniors: Barrier-Free Society
This is to make the transport system of our country's infrastructure more elderly-friendly so the elderly can reach their desired destinations safely and without much disruption.

3) Caring for Seniors: Holistic and Affordable Healthcare and Eldercare
This is to provide more services to meet the needs of the elderly and make the services more accessible and affordable.

4) Opportunities for Seniors: Active Lifestyles and Well-Being
This is to help the elderly lead a more active and healthy lifestyle in which they get involved in activities related to the community and have better relationships with their family members and the people in the community. It is also for teaching and encouraging people to have a better attitude towards ageing and the elderly.

State ONE way that the CAI report is recommending to make our public housing more elderly-friendly

HDB has various schemes in place so as to ensure that the elderly can live in an environment which they are familiar with with minimum disruption of their lives.

State TWO ways on how we can ensure that the quality of elderly care here in Singapore is affordable

We can contribute to foundations that subsidize the cost of elderly care services by donating to them.
We can build our own common fund for helping to subsidize the cost of elderly care services through the donations from the people of the community who are willing to help.

After reading the CAI report, what do you think are the THREE things that you can do, as an SST student, to help overcome these elderly challenges

I think I can help to physically support an old man to overcome physical obstacles such as staircases and roads.
I think I can gather committed people and get them to help me raise funds for donation to charities for the elderly.
I think I can conduct some research in which I observe, record, analyse and conclude about the problems that the elderly face so I can come up with an invention to address the needs of the elderly.

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