by Growing Needs | Nov 1, 2023 | Digital & Technology, Services
Singapore became an aged society in 2017, and is set to attain “super-aged” status in 2026. By 2030, one in four citizens will be aged 65 and above, up from one in six now.
The Singapore Standard 693 Geragogy Guidelines on Training Senior Learners (SS 693) sets a benchmark for trainers and organisations serving senior learners. Geragogy refers to the management of teaching and learning for older adults. The launch of SS 693 follows the 2021 release of teaching guidelines aimed at helping older learners pick up skills and knowledge effectively. Read on to find out the resources available for seniors to be digitally equipped in 2023.
Sheng Hong Active Hub @ Sennet
Sheng Hong Active Ageing Hub @ Sennett, aims to cater to lower-income senior citizens with programmes and activities priced at a subsidized monthly fee of $32.Senior citizens aged 50 and above can benefit from four facilities in the hub – centres for daycare, day rehabilitation, active ageing and Lifepoint, where seniors can start their end-of-life planning and enrol in National Silver Academy courses to hone their life skills.
Seniors Go Digital Programme
Seniors Go Digital Programme is Singapore’s spearhead to ensure seniors is onboard the SG Digital community. MDA’s SG Digital Office (SDO) equips seniors with basic digital skills for daily living; in topics such as cybersecurity, smartphone features, communication, digital government services, and digital transactions to enrich their lives. This will drive the Government’s initiatives to accelerate digital adoption in our community as Singapore embarks on a phased recovery post COVID-19. Benefitting for seniors, particularly the silver and pioneer generation, they may need more assistance so they don’t get left behind in a digitally advancing society.
Silver Infocomm Junctions (SIJs)
Silver Infocomm Junctions (SIJs) are learning hubs that are located island-wide. It is targeted at seniors who are new to technology, and are keen to learn basic digital skills. Participants will learn how to use their smartphones and computers to send an email; make a video call; read the news or search for information online. Below are the available centres that has courses for seniors islandwide.
Skillsfuture Courses For Digitally Savvy Seniors
Skillsfuture Digital inclusion has been the talk of the town in recent years. With COVID-19 accelerating digital transformation, the government has been stepping up efforts in getting seniors on board the digital bandwagon. To thrive in a smart nation, learn how you can use technology to your advantage and explore a world of convenience beyond the digital screen.
Start by signing up for programmes and courses on digital skills tailored for seniors. After all, being equipped with these know-hows puts you in a better position of independence.
1. SIJ-RSVP – Skillsfuture For Digital Community / Basic Digital Skills
Duration: 6 hours
Training provider: RSVP Singapore
Course fee: $100
Find out more about the course here
2. NSA – Be a Social Media Savvy Senior
Duration: 12 hours
Training provider: NUSS
Course fee: $240
3. SkillsFuture@PA (SA) Introduction to Digital Banking Service
Duration: 3 hours
Training provider: Various Community Centres/Clubs
Course fee: $30
4. Video Conference Mobile App for Beginners – Zoom
Training provider: Xiohoo
Course fee: $50
The importance of digitally ready seniors cannot be overstated in our rapidly evolving digital age. As technology continues to permeate every aspect of our society, it is crucial that our seniors are equipped with the digital skills and tools. By doing so, we can bridge the generational digital divide among our society and empower them to lead fuller, more connected, and independent lives.
Growing Needs grew out of our own encounters with caring for our aging parents and reflecting on the Growing Needs that we ourselves would face as we advance in years. We hope to build a community that will learn, share and contribute towards caring for the growing needs of our loved ones.