Preparing for an ageing population
Supporting Singapore’s vision to be a nation where all citizens can age healthily, purposefully and gracefully in place.
07 Mar 2018
Singapore needs to prepare for a rapidly ageing population in the next one to two decades. By 2030, the number of seniors aged 65 years and above will almost double to over 900,000. With this in mind, the Government has unveiled plans to ensure that all citizens can age healthily, purposefully and gracefully in place.
- The Care Close to Home (CH2) programme will be expanded from the current 11 Senior Activity Centres to another four sites in the Beach Road, Chai Chee, Chin Swee and Lengkok Bahru areas, so that more seniors can benefit.
- The Seniors’ Mobility and Enabling Fund (SMF) will be enhanced to enable seniors with frailty to age confidently, pre-empting social isolation. MOH will top up another $100 million over the next five years to further extend SMF subsidies to benefit more seniors. Another $150 million will be spent for transport to subsidised eldercare and dialysis centres.
- To improve care navigation, MOH is leveraging on technology to develop a Health Marketplace, similar to e-platforms such as Amazon and Redmart. MOH hopes to make it easy for seniors and their caregivers to find, customise and order community-based eldercare services such as home care, medical escorts and transport, and meals on wheels. They can do so via a mobile app, and will also have the opportunity to give ratings on services and providers. MOH plans to collaborate with industry to start this over the next year or so.
- Oversight of health and social support services will be consolidated with the transfer of functions from MSF to MOH and the formation of the Silver Generation Office within the Agency for Integrated Care (AIC).
- The Community Network for Seniors will be expanded island-wide by 2020. This will help to integrate seniors within supportive communities so that they do not feel isolated.
- In the coming months, the community-based Pharmaceutical Care Services pilot will be launched. In the future, seniors who need help with their medications can drop in at community touchpoints, such as senior care centres where community pharmacists will be stationed, saving them multiple trips to the doctor or hospital.
- Dementia Friendly Communities (DFCs) create a culture of awareness of dementia and inclusivity so that persons with dementia and their families feel at home and supported in the community. There are currently 6 DFCs, which will be expanded to 15 in the next three years or so.
- AIC is developing a “Dementia Friends” mobile app to support seniors with dementia and their caregivers. The public and caregivers will have easy access to resources and useful information such as upcoming training or outreach events. Members of the public can also register as “Dementia Friends” to learn about the signs and symptoms of dementia and to help keep a look out for persons with dementia who are lost or wandering, via the mobile application. MOH plans to launch this app later this year.