Archive - September, 2015

The well-being of third agers

Today, I attended the Council for Third Age’s inaugural conference titled “Happiness in Your 3rd Age”. One of the speakers, Dr Tambyah Siok Kuan, senior lecturer of NUS Business School, National University of Singapore, shared a 2011 survey about well-being and those 50s to 70s were interviewed for their views. She said the results were encouraging and that third agers feel they are happier and with what they have achieved.

Here are some of her slides from her talk:


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Growing the capabilities in the community

Guest-of-honour Senior Minister of State for Health and Manpower Dr Amy Khor with the Social & Health Manpower Development Programme-ILTC award recipients.

With more and more seniors wanting to live and age well at home, to make this a reality for them, a possible answer is through upgrading the skills in the community so those in the sector can delivery even better quality care. Shared Dr Amy Khor, Senior Minister of State for Health, “With the growth in the community care services, we need close to 11,000 more staff in 2020 as compared to 2012 across all levels to augment the existing manpower pool. Community care is a source of good jobs for Singaporeans.”

Coming off a Senior Care Job Fair @ South West which took place in July and attracted more than 900 job applications, the Agency for Integrated Care (AIC) organised the third Intermediate and Long-Term Care (ILTC) Manpower Development Awards Ceremony in late August. A total of 91 awards were given, an increase from last year. The study awards fell into five categories: the Social & Development Manpower Development Programme for the Intermediate and Long-Term Care (SHMDP-ILTC), ILTC-Upgrading Programme (ILTC-UP), Mid-Term Scholarships for Social Workers, ILTC – Palliative Care Training Award and the Balaji Sadasivan Study Award.

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