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« Reply #8 on: August 04, 2007, 03:00:18 PM »

For general information :

NTUC eldercare co-operative Ltd by NTUC had 4 day care centres spread over the island. The purpose is to look after elderly people while their children were at work. Transport to and fro, breakfast, lunch, tea, physical exercise, therapy sessions are provided at a nominal fee. Time : from 7.30 or 9.00 am to 5.00 pm from monday to friday.

Day Care Centres
Blk 172 Woodlands St 13
#01-303 Singapore 730172
Tel: 65-6368 2591
Taman Jurong
Blk 349 Corporation Drive
#01-502 Singapore 610349
Tel: 65-6268 3108
Pasir Ris (Silver Circle)
Blk 112 Pasir Ris St 11
#01-657 Singapore 510112
Tel: 65-6581 6033
Jurong Central (Silver Circle)
Blk 402 Jurong West St 42
#01-525 Singapore 640402
Tel: 65-6561 4989
Hougang's day care centre is in it's planning stage.  waving



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« Reply #9 on: August 18, 2007, 06:50:39 PM »

Effective communication with older people requires us to first understand them

A Different Background

The current cohord of elderly grew up in a very different social-econonmic and political environment from us.  Many of them had experienced economic deprivation and received very little formal education.  Having been brought up in a very different era with different value systems and traditions, and different exposure and experience, they harbour a set of ideals and expectations that may not be readily accepted by us.  Coupled with the various physical, phychological and social changes that the elderly have to adjust to, as well as inadequate understanding about them on our part, communications may be adversely affected.

2) Phsyical Changes

Some of the physical changes that affect communciation with the elderly include loss of hearing and decline in visual acuity.  For example, the elderly may mistaken the person he is speaking to for someone else.  Another change is that of speech or articulation.  This is seen in an elderly person's voice becoming tremulous, weak, hoarse and higher or lower pitched than it was in middleage.  Some illnesses could also affect communication adversely.

3) Psychological Changes

The major psychological changes that impact communciation include the decline in memory, (particularly short-term memory) and speed of infromation processing.  Both of these could slow down the communication process and thus discourage the young from talking to the elderly.

4) Change in Social Roles

Social changes, such as retirement and the resultant loss of income and status, could also affect older people psychologically e.g. their self esteem, especially in a work-oriented society that equates retirees as old, unproductive, incompetent and expendable.  This could influence their desire or lack thereof to communicate.  Bereavement and the experience of grief could also affect the elderly person's willingness or capacity to communicate.  Such losses in the elderly may lead to social withdrawal, depression or irritability and agitation and impinge on the elderly person's ability to communicate.

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« Reply #10 on: August 29, 2007, 04:47:24 PM »

Some constituencies, like the Marine Parade Family Service Centre's Young At Heart College are teaching elders, life skills such as good mental health, personal home safety and communications.

The Council for Third Age (C3A) together with the Infocomm Development Authority are also working with other partners, looking at how they can raise IT literacy among the elders. How to manage their household budget and safeguard their assets.

Sim university is also conducting certificate of attendance / certificate courses ranging from languages and science to technology and culinary arts for elders at a discount of 10 to 20 %. ( no need O levels )

Only to keep the elderly occupied ........ Thats the purpose.  thumbs up

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« Reply #11 on: September 05, 2007, 05:04:39 PM »

Government to pilot wellness programme for elderly

As per report in the papers.

"A day-care centre offers day care. A rehab centre offers therapy treatment. Another provider may offer home help.
"The Govt. will start with integrating day care and day rehab services in the community so that a senior who needs day care and therapy services can get them at the same place.

"In time, we hope the same service provider will look into home-based care for seniors where needed. Where possible, we may also try to co-locate senior-centric services with those for families and youths so that there can be stronger inter-generational ties and bonds."

Recent announcement of a NTUC day care centre in Hougang ( Punggol East, ready by June 2008 )
Blk. 571, Hougang St. 51

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