in Singapore Style”
A Symposium organised by
Lifelong Learning Institute
18 August 2018, 2 – 6pm
Khoo is currently Group Director, Ageing Planning Office.
Prior to this, she headed the Strategic Planning and Futures
branch in PMO Strategy Group, and the Institute for Public Sector
Leadership at the Civil Service College. Melissa started up the “Our
Singapore Conversation” Programme Office in 2012, which led a
national-level long citizen engagement exercise, including conversations
on ageing. Her past stints in government include the Ministry of
Education and the Ministry of Finance.
Melissa graduated with a Bachelor of Economics (Distinction) and
Masters in International Policy Studies from Stanford University in
Transforming the Ageing
Landscape in Singapore
“Singapore will undergo rapid population ageing over
the next one to two decades, with 1 in 4 Singaporeans being over 65 by
2030. Care needs will grow, while workforce growth will taper off.
Our response to ageing will require a whole-of-society effort. This
address will cover ongoing and future plans to transform the future aged
care landscape, and how the Community Networks for Seniors plays a key
role as our national community-based infrastructure to support an ageing
Dr. Feng Qiushi is an
associate professor at the Department of Sociology, National University
of Singapore (NUS), and a steering committee member of the Centre for
Family and Population Research (CFPR) in NUS. His research fields
include aging and health, population sudies and economic sociology.
What is Successful Aging for Singaporeans?
Successful aging is the goal of Singapore in face of the greying future.
The American concept of successful aging highlights ideal of
independence, which is highly associated with the individualism culture.
This may not match the aging norm of many Asian societies. Through
qualitative interviews and a national representative survey, we find at
least half of elderly Singaporeans simultaneously value independence and
dependence for successful aging. Such ambivalence makes sense given the
current transformation of Asian cultures of aging and eldercare. As the
eldercare function of family is highly valued by elderly Singaporeans,
we propose whether family delivers eldercare as expected by elderly
could be a main marker of the society-level successful aging in
Mr Kelvin Tan
is currently the Programme Director, NUS Enterprise,
National University of Singapore and Director, Business Development,
Smart Systems Institute (SSI).
In NUS Enterprise division, he is identified with co-developing
corporate accelerator programs with SIA, DSTA, Bayer, Loreal and
P&G. He co-organises the largest SE Asia innovation event:
www.innovfestunbound.com for last few years with IMDA and SNDGO.
Currently, he co-leads a
4-year old Modern Aging Spore program funded by MOH and has inspired
startups in developing innovative seniors solutions. In research, he is
involved with assistive technologies for dementia seniors. SSI has
advanced data analytics and AI research partnerships with TsingHua,
ZheJiang, Southampton and Keio Universities. Prior to joining NUS, he
founded an interactive multimedia startup and held management positions
in HP, AT&T, M1, ServTouch-WyWy and Telecoms Authority of Spore. He is a
Student Fellow (Sau Po Center for Ageing, HKU), holds a Master in
Gerontology (SUSS), MBA and BEng in Electronic and Communications
(University of Manchester).
Innovations in Medication and Personalized Care
With the quickening pace of change in the age of
innovations led by technology breakthroughs and human ingenuity, we have
seen more improvements made to enhance medication adherence and
management. Seniors can be supported by new technologies in medication
reminder and routines. Caregivers and family members can partake in the
process of care and attention to the seniors at community level.
Overall, the quality of life and general health conditions will be
upgraded with higher acceptance of technology. This session will share
the work that the corporates and the startups have accomplished in
driving the mission of personalized care in an active ageing
environment. Initiatives like Modern Aging has built an ecosystem of
like-minded players to be inspired and work collaboratively in
developing smart and personalized solutions which bring more benefits
and convenience to the seniors.
(Mrs), Director, Senior Cluster Network & Active Aging Hub, NTUC Health
holds a Bachelor of Business Admin (HR) in 1999 with La Trobe University
(Australia), Masters in Social Science (Counselling) in 2001 with
University of South Australia, and Masters in Gerontology in 2015 with
SUSS (then UniSIM) Singapore.
years in the corporate sector, she joined the social service disability
sector and held roles as HR Director, PDPA Officer and Corporate
Development & Outreach Director in MINDS over 14 years.
joined NTUC Health in August 2014, overseeing the Senior Cluster
Networks, CREST programmes, Senior Group Home, Volunteer and
Partnerships, and recently the cross programming for NTUC Health’s
Active Aging Hubs.
Experimental Active Aging Hub Model @ Kampung Admiralty
Kampung Admiralty is HDB’s first
experimental integrated retirement village, and NTUC Enterprises is
honoured to have the opportunity to partner the government and
grassroots to serve the community there through an offering of services
from childcare, eldercare, foodcourt and retail supermarket.
To rebuild Singapore’s gotong
royong spirit of neighbourliness, mutual help and support, NTUC Health
which operates the active aging hub developed the community volunteerism
programme focusing on the 4 key pillars of helping seniors (1) Stay in
Good Health, (2) Stay Connected and Purposeful, (3) Stay Independent,
and (4) Bringing the community together.
NTUC Health does not charge a membership fee for seniors to
participate in the health and social activities/programmes it offers.
The only condition for participation is that the members must
commit to volunteer their time and talent to serve the frail, and to
build a cohesive community of caring and sharing.
Dr Eugene Shum is the Chief Corporate Development Officer at Changi General Hospital and Director, Community
Partnership at SingHealth Office of Regional Health. He oversees health,
social and community engagement and integration for healthcare services
in the community. Dr Shum is a public health physician. He is Adjunct
Assistant Professor at the Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health,
National University of Singapore.
Neighbours for Active Living – Ageing
Well through Health-Social Integration
Active Living is a health-social integration programme which aims to
keep seniors with frequent readmissions to hospital to age well in their
own homes. It brings together a team of health and social care
professionals from Changi General Hospital, social service organisations
and community volunteers. This approach allows the seniors to receive
holistic care and support for as long as they require it. Neighbours was
launched in 2012. It has scaled across the eastern region of Singapore
and has benefited more than 5,000 seniors.
Assistant Professor Dong
is a Clinician Scientist awarded by the National Medical Research
Council. She holds joint appointments at Alice Lee Centre for Nursing
Studies and Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, NUS. She has clinical
research expertise in neurocognition and brain training in older adults
with mild cognitive impairment.
Memory and Cognition
Cognitive training intervention for older adults has been suggested to
remediate cognitive deficits, promote functional independence and
potentially prevent cognitive decline. Although there are promising
findings from the west, cognitive training for local population requires
adaptation for cultural and linguistic relevance. My talk will focus on
a pilot study evaluating a locally developed cognitive training group
program, “Train Your Brain” for memory clinic older adults with mild
Mr Julian Koo is the co-founder
and CEO of JAGA Me Pte Ltd. He founded Jaga-Me to alleviate the
challenges he saw amongst the elderly persons he volunteered among. His
passion is to harness innovation to reduce the barriers to having
healthcare delivered on-demand to people’s homes, and so reduce reliance
on institutional care homes.
Prior to Jaga-Me, Julian was responsible for securing new foreign direct
investment and creating new industries at the Singapore Economic
Bringing Care from Hospital to Home
The fundamental idea of Jaga-Me is to bring healthcare closer to people
using technology. Through a web and mobile app platform, Jaga-Me
facilitates the delivery of healthcare services and medical goods to
patients at home. Jaga-Me now serves over 1,000 patients in their own
Through this, Jaga-Me aims to create a healthcare system that is
decentralized, and can deliver care to where the patient chooses.