Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Elderly Challenge (part 1)

Hi all ADMT blog-readers,

Well, today is the last day to complete this assignment. This post is written for the questions on part 1 of the elderly challenge based on the report as downloaded from the ADMT blog. The questions and answers of the report are all shown below as shown:


  • FOUR key recommendations
    • Provide different housing options and help seniors monetise their housing assets in order to make the house elder-friendly
    • Make all HDB precincts barrier-free and manufacture all buses to be elder-friendly in order to have a barrier-free society for the elderly and physically disabled to take the buses and move easily around the neighbourhood as well without having to go through narrow paths and other obstacles.
    • Medisave Accounts should be topped up when Government shares budget surplus and there should be family practitioner-based holistic care in order to have a holistic affordable healthcare and eldercare for the elderly
    • Promote more programmes and services and build on strong family ties in order to let the elderly continue to be active and be happy at the same time.
  • ONE recommended way for making public house elder-friendly.
    • We can vary the length of land leases since a shorter length of lease will mean lower pricing in the pricing of houses and higher quality of housing will be possible with the same amount of price. The only difference is that the period of time the house can be owned is shortened. However, this is not the criteria and problem for many elderly and therefore it would be very useful to many of them. They can then enjoy high quality housing without worrying about the price.
  • TWO ways to ensure elderly care quality is affordable
    • Since many elderly become weak and unable to work or move, they can only rely on their children to support them but nowadays, the number of elderly is more than the number of young people, compared to the past. To add on to the problem, elderly who are weaker get sick more easily. Therefore, Medisave accounts should be topped up when the government shares the budget surpluses. This way, the money from the Medisave accounts can be used to defray healthcare costs and hospital bills when the elderly people get sick.
    • Many schemes and polices, such as the ElderShield scheme and the Medisave policy by the MOH, should be reviewed so that the elderly suffering from common chronic diseases who require long-term care has coverage and can withdraw money from their Medisave account for treatment.
  • THREE things I can do
    • Donate money and items to those elderly in need.
    • Visit the elderly often to talk to them. Organise different possible activities for them and make them feel that they are still useful for being part of the society.
    • Encourage everyone to treat the elderly, both in their family and out in the society, well and care for them.
So...that's the end of the post.

Yours Sincerely,
Neo Wei Hong,
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SST S1-07,
Member of ADMT group 5 in ADMT lesson,
With special thanks to Mr Irfan and ADMT department.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Elderly Challenge (part 3)

Here is a very simple design of how the house of an elderly would look like. It consists of a door and 2 windows, a living room with a wheelchair, a corridor, a kitchen and 2 toilets with handrails. It only focuses on a few facilites an elderly would need (eg. in the toilet) and therefore is very plain. The pictures of the model done by using Google Sketchup is shown below:

Click on the images for a clearer view.
House plans and room arrangements are original. Toilets, wheelchair and handrails from Google Warehouse.

Essential Questions on the Elderly Challenge

The 5 essential questions, ranked from 1 to 5 (most important - least important), about the Elderly Challenge are as typed below:
  1. What are some of the problems you think the elderly may face and how would that affect us?
  2. Why do you think the elderly need more concern nowadays than compared to the elderly of the past?
  3. Why would the home of the elderly be different compared to us even though they might have lived in the same home for many years?
  4. Technology is improving very fast nowadays and many aging people cannot adapt to our modern lives. How would you allow the elderly to be able to step into the modern society and carry on with their lives with technology?
  5. How would the facilities in the home of an elderly be different from those of ours?
For more information on the EQs of the class, please click on but please make sure you are logged on to sst email or you would be redirected to SST google sites' main page. Note that the page may be removed without any prior notice. (Last successful login and opening of the spreadsheet is on 30 June 2010.