The Future: Making Singapore an Elder-Friendly Place
Jocelyn Neo, 2 Jan 17
       


HDB flats will also be revamped under the Main Upgrading Project (MUP) to feature grab-bars in the bathrooms and non-slip floor tiles. 


In a report released by the National Population and Talent Division in 2015, there are now 4.9 working adults supporting an elderly person as compared to a decade ago when the figure was 7.2 working adults to one elderly person aged 65 years and above.

To care for the ageing population, the Singapore government has released a five-year action plan. This plan will help to ensure that the silver population is able to age-in-place and still lead an active life. One of the areas included in the plan is improvements to Singapore’s road and pedestrian infrastructure.

The government aims to make Singapore “an inclusive elder-friendly place” and the first step starts from the elders’ flats. 

Infrastructure in buildings, like walkways, has to be “barrier-free” for seniors. Walkways leading to flats and outdoor recreational infrastructure will be built with ramps to aid senior mobility.  

HDB flats will also be revamped under the Main Upgrading Project (MUP) to feature grab-bars in the bathrooms and non-slip floor tiles. 

In addition, there has been lift upgrading in HDB flats since 2001 under the Lift Improvement and Facilities Enhancement (LIFE) to ensure that there is a lift serving every floor.

(123rf.com)

The HDB Studio Apartments (SA) are built ready for seniors with numerous elder-friendly features, such as lever taps, non-slip tiles, support hand bars, emergency pull-cords as well as heat detectors, which will activate alarms.

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