Sunday, June 13, 2010

Holiday work - Part 1: Understanding the ‘The Elderly Challenge’

  • Explain in your own words, the FOUR key recommendations of the report.
-Good housing for elderly should be made so as to make Singapore more elderly friendly and a good home for people of ALL ages.

-All of Singapore would be made accessible to the elderly via barrier free and user friendly transport systems, lifts, walkways and pick-up points.

-Healthcare and eldercare would be efficient, cost-effective and easily accessible to the elderly. The healthcare and eldercare would address a diversity of needs and would ensure that the dignity and the quality of the lives of the elderly are maintained.

-There would be more opportunities for senior citizens. These opportunities would involve them in community groups and other activities. This would make both young and old Singaporeans have a positive attitude towards ageing and seniors.
  • State ONE way that the CAI report is recommending to make our public housing more elderly-friendly
-The CAI recommends helping seniors monetise their housing assets.
  • State TWO ways on how we can ensure that the quality of elderly care here in Singapore is affordable
-The government could top up accounts of the less well-off Singaporeans.

-Elderly should see a family practitioner so that their needs will be “comprehensively and holistically taken care of”
  • After reading the CAI report, what do you are the THREE things that you can do, as an SST student, to help overcome these elderly challenges
-We should spend more time with our grandparents/ elders so as to strengthen the bonds between generations in our family.

-We can help care for our own grandparents instead of totally leaving that responsibility to our parents.

-If we are outside and we see and elderly that may need assistance, we could help them out.

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