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Road safety for seniors

Silver Zone sign at Bukit Merah View.

Last year, Singapore launched the Silver Zones with enhanced road safety measures to make it convenient and safer for senior pedestrians. Two areas – Bukit Merah and Jurong West – are already completed, with three more housing estates on the island to come.

Parliamentary Secretary for Transport and Health, and chairman of the Pedestrian and Cyclist Safety Committee (PCSC) Associate Prof Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim shared during the launch that seniors are “over-represented” in traffic accidents and the situation needs to be improved.

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New research institute in Singapore

Dr Amy Khor, Senior Minister of State for Health and Manpower, graced the launch of the Next Age Institute.

Care support for older persons and financing retirement adequacy are just a few things that a new research institute will be tackling. The Next Age Institute (NAI) was recently set up by the National University of Singapore (NUS) Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences in partnership with the Washington University of St Louis (WUSTL) to study, design and test social innovations to address social issues arising from an ageing population.

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Elderly design principles

I attended another DesignSingapore Council workshop called “Empathetic Ageing with Technology” and design consultants from Orcadesign and Supracopula from Singapore shared the 18 elderly design principles which “serve as a guide in the creation of empathetic solutions that can be easily accepted and used by the elderly”.

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Singaporeans shun nursing positions

There were more job openings for nearly all occupational groups, according to the “Job Vacancies, 2014″ report by the Ministry of Manpower (MOM), most notably in several areas including in nursing. As at September last year, the number of vacancies for registered nurse (660) and enrolled/assistant nurse (590) that were unfilled for at least six months were the highest among the PMET (professionals, managers, executives and technicians) jobs. And, according to a newspaper article, these two jobs also had the highest incidences of vacancies among PMET jobs that employers reported were hard to fill by Singaporeans.

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Innovations in the aged-care

I recently attended a three-day workshop for the public sector on designing services and experiences for the elderly in communities and public healthcare institutions, organised by the DesignSingapore Council partnering with Experientia, an international experience design consultancy based in Italy.

Experientia shared the Global Trends study, which identified five core themes and shared different individuals and groups that are innovating in the aged-care space:

 

TREND 1: It take a village
Trends in new models of care

• ‘Community’ is the new nursing home –

Tyze is an online tool.

Tyze, Canada – an online tool that enables a network of people to care for others, pretty much getting everybody on the same page. It is a secure, practical, Web-based solution which does the following – privately communicates with family, friends and helpers about you or the person you care about; schedules appointments and events on a shared calendar; and shares files, photos, updates and much more anywhere, anytime.

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