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Lessons from ASEAN students on ageing

Singapore University of Social Sciences Social Innovation Programme

Last week, the Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS) asked me to do a sharing on Play Huahee. This was for ASEAN students who travelled to Singapore for SUSS Social Innovation Programme. It was a really fun experience hearing from a room full of students from countries such as Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar and Singapore. …

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“Kong simi wei?!” You need to learn dialect. Here’s how.

Dialects are an integral part of Singapore culture: Singlish is a mesh-up of the various dialects and we all know the kopitiam lingo for ordering coffee.

Dialects are an integral part of Singapore culture: Singlish is a mesh-up of the various dialects and we all know the kopitiam lingo for ordering coffee. However, the younger generations, and I speak for myself too, are often called “bananas” or referred to as people who “jiak kantang” (eat potato) for being “yellow” with our …

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6 Time-saving Apps Caregivers Can Use for Peace of Mind

6 Apps for Caregivers in Singapore

Keith’s mum and his late grandmother In April 2011, my grandmother fell and broke her hip. She required surgery to replace it and needed a lot of care to recover. She had to move from the hospital to the rehabilitation centre and finally back home. It was a challenging experience. My mother had to juggle …

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Just make them laugh

Aging is tough. We need to find ways to bring joy back to our seniors.

Aging is tough. We need to find ways to bring joy back to our seniors. Last week, my grandma had quite a bit of difficulty getting out of the room. She fell the day before. Although she had no injuries, it made her weaker. It was an intense and stressful situation getting to the dinner …

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It is time to engage your grandparents. Here’s how

It is time to engage your grandparents. Here’s how.

Sarah and her grandma Living with my grandma all my life has many advantages. I get delicious homecooked food everyday. I picked up the Hokkien dialect from a young age and listen to stories about olden Singapore. But, with assignments piling up, I find myself interacting with her less than I wish to. I often …

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17 Activity Ideas For Seniors

Study shows that happier seniors tend to show a decline in activities of daily living over time. Here are 17 activities to engage seniors

Are you looking for activity ideas to engage seniors in Singapore? You may be looking to engage someone at home, or maybe, you’re planning a visit to a nursing home or senior activity centre. Fret Not! Here’s some activity ideas for you. When we think of caregiving, it is often about ensuring that our loved …

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Is elderly isolation a growing problem?

Is elderly isolation a growing problem?

Elderly isolation definitely seems to be a growing problem. Last week, there was a news report that elderly suicides was at an all-time high. An extract from Channel NewsAsia states, “The number of elderly aged 60 and above who took their own lives peaked at 129 last year, the highest since suicide tracking started in 1991.” The total number of …

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