Tuesday, 29 June 2010

Essential Questions - The Elderly Challenge

1. Can the elderly understand how to use the technology already in our daily lives?
Elderly may or may not be able to understand how certain machines - already existing - operate. So, the machinery may or may not need to be simpler

2. What are the restrictions in movements do they have?
Elderly may or may not be able to move around as easily as younger people. So, this may or may not need to be considered.

3. How differently does the elderly do things, what do they find inconvenient?
Elderly may or may not have different needs, like other age groups. So, it may or may not change the solutions generated.

How much money does the elderly, i.e. food, medical fees, electrical bills, water bills, etc.?
What special needs do the elderly have?
What does the elderly do in their daily lives?

Friday, 4 June 2010

Understanding the "Elderly Challenge"

Explain in your own words the four key recommendations of the report.
  1. Different types of housing to suit the needs of different elderly. 
  2. A community where places are safe and easily accessible for the elderly.
  3. Healthcare and eldercare services are efficient, easily accessible and affordable for the elderly.
  4. Social lives of elderly are fulfilling and active. They have friends, young and old, who have positive attitude towards the elderly.

State one way the CAI report is recommending to make our public housing more elder-friendly.
  1. The report recommends that the housing options - size and type - are varied. As well as lengthening leases.

State two ways on how we can ensure that the quality of eldercare here in Singapore is affordable.
  1. Top-up Medisave accounts of less well-off Singaporeans when they have little budget left.
  2. Have family doctors ensure that elderly, especially those with multiple needs, is taken care of.

After reading the CAI report, what are the three that you can do, as an SST student, to help overcome these elderly challenges?
  1. I can start by socialising with them and understand through second-person perspective about their needs.
  2. I can then help them with their needs and have more Community Involvement Programmes to gather people to help, like cleaning up the house, etc..
  3. I can also come up with ideas to improve their lives so that they can be more independent, like coming up with elder-friendly designs, etc..