Tag: ageing in place

Where Would You Live When You Grow Old?

When we grow older, our living needs will change and we will likely require more help. With God’s blessings, as long as you remain mobile and healthy, you will be able to do many things for yourself – and live independently. But as time passes, things will change that will require us to think about our living situation when we are no longer able to take care of ourselves. A lot depends on your ability to manage your normal day-to-day living activities. Here’s what you need to know.

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Conversation With A 90-Years Old Man in Woodlands

By Tan Too Yong

Yesterday, I met a 90 year-old man who struggled to walk with a walker.

Soon got to know that he spends everyday at a Foodcourt in Woodlands. He reaches there at about 9 am and would sit there to pass his time till about 6 pm in the evening when he goes home – spending about 8 to 9 hours each day at the Koufu Foodcourt.

I inquired why he did that. He told that he had to do that because there was no one home as his other family members are all away at work. He would just be staring at 4 walls otherwise. His spouse has passed on …

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5 Things to Look For When Planning to Age-in-Place

A major part of the Singapore government’s silver strategy is “ageing-in-place” – a policy that encourages ageing seniors to stay in their homes and communities.  So what is “ageing-in-place”?  Wikipedia defines it as  “the ability to live in one’s own home and community safely, independently, and comfortably, regardless of age, income, or ability”.  At a policy level, it means that senior will stay at home and in their communities as long as they can — and therefore not place additional burdens on the limited resources in institutional senior care.  At the individual level, ageing in place is preferred to institutional living (nursing home, for example) because ageing-in-place typically offers greater quality of life as long as the individual can strive to live independently and safely at home.

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