Thursday, June 24, 2010

Elderly Challenge Observation 4

I have noticed my aging grandmother having difficulty making a phone call. Her eyesight is weakening and she is having long sightedness. When she presses the numbers, she might press more numbers than intended. She does not know how to do "backspace" so she will press the call, put down the phone and dial in the numbers again. I think that she needs a phone that has its buttons more spaced out to save time.

Elderly Challenge - Observation 3

I have noticed that people on the MRT trains do not give up their seats to the elderly. People in the train will tend to assume that other commuters will give up their seats to the elderly, or could be that they are too shy to give up their seats. I think people should really leave the reserved seats for the elderly, and sit on any unoccupied non reserved seat, unless they are able to give up their seats to the elderly.

Elderly Challenge - Observation 2

I have noticed that people in the senior citizen's corner are mainly senior citizens. Occasionally I see some maids, but they might be too busy talking to other maids, such that they might neglect the elderly they were supposed to be taking care of. I think there should be more people going to the senior citizen's corner to ensure the safety of the elderly there. If an elderly person is injured, their maids might not know what to do.

Elderly Challenge - Observation 1

For some elderly, walking is a difficult task, let alone walking in the night. They will have difficulty walking because of their constantly failing eyesight. This will make their lives much more harder as they might need to travel from, for example, their home to a shop to buy groceries. Having something to guide their way at night will make their life more convenient.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

ADMT Holiday Homework Part 1

-Explain in your own words, the FOUR key recommendations of the report.
The four key recommendations of the report are: Providing a comfortable home for the elderly in Singapore, making more places easier and better to be accessed by the elderly, having places for healthcare for the elderly and getting the elderly involved with the community.

-State ONE way that the CAI report is recommending to make our public housing more elderly-friendly
They recommend the Government to set up a new intermediate residential care facility, to address the current service gap in intermediate residential care for seniors.

-State TWO ways on how we can ensure that the quality of elderly care here in Singapore is affordable
Top up Medisave accounts of less well-off Singaporeans when there are budget surpluses that the Government can share with the people, and have a Family Practitioner based holistic care for seniors.

-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
We can help some of the elderly to acquire new skills such as using a computer. We can also encourage them to stay active and healthy. Lastly, we can go around to public places and see what we can improve on to make it more elderly friendly.