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Singapore allocates $800 million to support elderly living comfortably at home and within their communities.

by | Jan 6, 2024 | Community, Lifestyle & Wellness, Resources, Wellness

To bolster seniors’ well-being, a new initiative within the extensive Age Well SG program will earmark $800 million over the next five years to broaden the scope and enhance the quality of programs at active ageing centres. Health Minister Ong Ye Kung stressed the significance of combating social isolation among seniors, noting that the increased funding would result in a 50% budget boost for each centre. Spearheaded by the Ministry of National Development and Ministry of Transport, the Age Well SG program addresses the needs of Singapore’s rapidly ageing population, anticipated to surpass 900,000 seniors by 2030.

Collaborative efforts with community partners, health clusters, and preventive health strategies are part of the enhancements, including implementing health screening services in the community. The Agency for Integrated Care (AIC) aims to double the number of senior volunteers to around 4,000 by 2025, focusing on promoting senior volunteerism through active ageing centres. Additionally, a sandbox scheme, supported by the Ministry of Health (MOH) and AIC, will explore new stay-in shared caregiving models for seniors with care needs.

The program introduces a single point of contact to streamline all care needs for seniors, minimising the requirement for multiple assessments. Starting April next year, caregivers can access up to $400 in Caregivers’ Training Grant annually. Improvements to the living environment, including the Ease 2.0 program, will equip seniors with more senior-friendly features in their HDB flats.

Further initiatives involve a wireless alert alarm system for seniors in public rental housing, senior-centric upgrading works in older precincts, and the launch of up to 30 Community Care Apartment projects by 2030. These projects integrate senior-friendly housing with customisable social activities and care services. The overarching goal is establishing “friendly streets” in all towns by 2030, fostering an environment where seniors can move confidently and safely.

Singapore’s commitment towards the Age Well SG program reflects its capabilities to meet the evolving needs of its senior population. By fostering collaboration and innovation in active ageing centres, the initiative addresses immediate concerns like social isolation and lays the groundwork for a comprehensive, community-centric approach to senior care. With a focus on volunteerism, streamlined care coordination, and thoughtful enhancements to living environments, Singapore is actively shaping a future where its seniors can age gracefully, surrounded by the support and amenities needed for a fulfilling and dignified life. This substantial effort signifies a forward-looking commitment to the well-being of the elderly, reflecting Singapore’s dedication to creating an inclusive and supportive society for all its citizens.

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