Video message from Dr John Beard, Director for Life Course and Ageing Department, World Health Organization, at the ComSA Forum 2017 on Friday, 18 August. Watch here.
ILC-Singapore aims to promote the well-being of older people and contribute to national development through undertaking research and forging collaborations which inform policy, facilitate policy-action translation and promote quality, effective practice in Singapore and the region.
One of its principal activities is to implement community development programmes to address innovatively and effectively the situations of older persons amid emerging socio-demographic trends. True to its mission to join the dots between multi-party stakeholders, these programmes serve older persons in partnership with local and regional service agencies and enterprise, and integrate research investigations to promote national planning and positive systemic change.
Contributing to the Strategic L.E.A.D. programme for senior public servants, conducted by the Singapore Civil Service College, we designed this presentation on one of the nation's most pressing issues: rapid population graying. It focuses on a spectrum of related policy implications from income security to the built environment, and long-term care financing. Included are home visits to the clients of the Hua Mei Centre for Successful Ageing, for participants to get a glimpse into how older Singaporeans in the community cope with the challenges of ageing.
SCOPE aims to improve the health and wellbeing of community-dwelling older persons aged 55 years and above, by providing training in self-care and a framework for peer monitoring. This innovative programme includes a research study into its efficacy. There is also potential for taking it forward with regional partners.
The Citi-Tsao Foundation Financial Education Programme for Mature Women addresses one of the gender biases in social trends: while women generally outlive men, financially, they are more vulnerable. With the backing of Citigroup, the programme was designed to help women in the lower income bracket become financially independent in their older years. This ground-breaking initiative has been introduced in Indonesia, and was taken up recently by the People's Association to widen its community reach.