Thursday, June 17, 2010

Holiday work - Part 1: Understanding the ‘The Elderly Challenge’

1. Explain in your own words, the FOUR key recommendations of the report.

1.1 Housing for the elderly. Provide more housing options for the elderly which are elderly-friendly and meet their needs.

1.2 Accessibility for seniors. Transport systems and the built environment would be more accessible to the elderly in a way that they don't encounter so many problems.

1.3 Caring for seniors. Health care can be made cheaper, and the seniors also need to be cared and there could also be a caretaker to take care of the elderly so that they do not feel so alone.

1.4 Opportunities for seniors. The elderly would have more opportunities to lead an active and healthy lifestyle, and they could maintain healthy relationships.

2. State ONE way that the CAI report is recommending to make our public housing more elderly-friendly.

Grab bars could be installed in the bathroom so the elderly have something to hold on when they are in the toilet. Non-slip floor tiles can also be installed in the toilets so the chance of the elderly slipping in the bathroom is lessened.

3. State TWO ways on how we can ensure that the quality of elderly care here in Singapore is affordable.

3.1 We could help the help the elderly financially by giving them financial support.

3.2 We could also encourage the children of the elderly to live with them so they could take care of their parents.

4. After reading the CAI report, what do you are the THREE things that you can do, as an SST student, to help overcome these elderly challenges.

4.1 I can visit some elderly people and I could ask them what are some problems they are facing and think of some solutions.

4.2 I can help them when I see they need help.

4.3 I can be kind to the elderly.