Tag Archive - caregiving

“Behind the silver surge”

Radha Basu, senior journalist.

Plenary speaker at the Singapore Patient Conference in October 2015 at Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH), Singapore, was senior journalist Radha Basu, who writes on ageing, migration and social issues. She shared that living longer can also mean living alone – in year 2000, there were only 15,000 elderly who lived alone. By 2010, there were 35,000 and the figure “will exceed 80,000 in less than two decades”.

She also shared about the rise of the “old-old”. Currently, there are 41,000 persons aged 85 years and above, up from 14,000 in 2005. Other demographics Basu shared included the number of elderly with mobility problems, like those who use a wheelchair. The number doubled to 36,000 between 2000 and 2010, she shared.

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Technologies to help seniors & caregivers

With the global ageing population, new technologies are being developed to make the lives of seniors and their caregivers easier. At Cadi Scientific in Singapore, it develops wireless sensing and tracking devices for various healthcare applications. These aim to keep seniors safe and provide caregivers and family members a peace of mind on their health and whereabouts.

Here are some Cadi Scientific technologies that help seniors:

 

1) Wireless continuous temperature monitoring at home

The immune system in seniors typically declines, making early detection of infections important. Cadi.Sense is a wireless temperature monitoring system for home use that measures and transmits the patient’s temperature every 30 seconds. This data is consolidated into a chart, which can be viewed real-time by family members, caregivers and healthcare professionals. A coin-sized device is pasted on the senior’s abdomen and this sends data wirelessly. Alerts are provided via SMS or e-mails should the patient’s fever hits a specified temperature. This is useful in situations such as at night when everyone is sleeping, or while family members are at work. In addition, since temperature taking is no longer done manually, the senior’s normal activities, for example resting, are undisturbed.

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Not all siblings become caregivers

Siblings are not equally involved in caregiving when their ageing parents start needing care. In 75 percent of all cases, only one adult child will become a caregiver. Mothers are primarily cared for by their daughters, whereas sons continue to be less willing to become the sole caregivers for their parents.

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An exercise in humility

Ong Zi Ying did this video called “Closer Apart” in 2011 while she was in her second year at Temasek Polytechnic in Singapore. A part of her school assignment, the video is about the relationship between a grandchild and grandmother – a young person’s understanding about ageing, a change of heart and a closer bond.

 

 

Ageless Voice speaks to Zi Ying about her video:

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