Sunday, June 20, 2010

Elderly Challenge - Observation 4

Whenever you wake up, do you have any problems?
Ya, just waking up itself is difficult.

Write up
When she wakes up, she needs somebody to support her.

Elderly Challenge - Observation 3

Is it difficult to fill a cup of water?
I have to press the button hard so as to dispense the water.

Write up
She has to bend forward so as to reach the button and press it really hard.

Elderly Challenge - Observation 2

Could you walk long distances without rest but at a comfortable pace?
Because when i grow older my body gets weaker by the days, so walking even some distance would take me along time. I need to rest every 10 minutes.

Write up
She takes a very long time to go to the kitchen and she needs some support from the wall to keep her balance.

Elderly Challenge - Observation 1

Do you any problems you would like to share?
Ya, i have not much teeth left in my mouth, so i will have to eat all those food that are soft like Chinese kueh and i have had enough of eating the same thing. I also have diabetes so that limits my food.

She has only three molar teeth on her lower jaw on the left side of her mouth, that means that she would have to eat soft food so as to prevent her from injuring her gums on the upper jaw of her teeth. She has diabetes that means she has to eat food that is not sweet and is soft.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Understanding the ‘The Elderly Challenge’

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

a.Housing for Seniors: Elder-Friendly Housing
The Government could facilitate the elderly, giving lower land costs and commercialize elderly-friendly tools to give the elderly a more comfortable life.

b.Accessibility for Seniors: Barrier-Free Society
They could make the buildings and roads barrier-free, providing minimal obstruction for the elderly or make the public transport, low-floor, step-free and wheelchair-accessible.

c.Caring for Seniors: Holistic Affordable Healthcare and Eldercare
They should top-up Medisave accounts of less well off Singaporeans and promote family physicians, so that they can receive care in an environment that is familiar to them, and with their loved ones close by their side.

d.Opportunities for Seniors: Active Lifestyles and Well-being
The Government should build on strong family ties to ensure that the family continues to be the first line of support.

2.State ONE way that the CAI report is recommending to make our public housing more elderly-friendly.
It is through activities organised by the Government to strengthen family bond.

3.State TWO ways on how we can ensure that the quality of elderly care here in Singapore is affordable.
a.The elderly-friendly facilities could be made out of recycled materials.
b.Buy cheap but useful materials to make the elderly-friendly facilities.

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.
a.We could help build the emotional bond within them.
b.We could start an activity so as to interact with the elderly through games.
c.We could separate them in groups so that they could find a partner to make friends with.