Presentation Highlights Need For Age-Friendly Neighborhoods

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With one in four Singaporeans aged 65 or older by 2030, the hottest Urban Laboratory exhibition turned their attention on design alternatives that encourage seniors.

Organised from the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA), the instalment of this Urban Lab exhibition series covers ageing-related tendencies in Singapore, the demand for age-friendly neighbourhoods and layout factors for nursing homes.

One of the jobs exhibited are just two collaborations involving government agencies, design companies and research institutions that are targeted at providing practical design programs and fundamentals for these surroundings.

Speaking at the launch of the exhibition, Minister of State for National Development and Manpower Zaqy Mohamad demonstrated that a research headed by the Singapore University of Technology and Design discovered a number of seniors over the MacPherson neighbourhoods were socially isolated, or even did not feel protected or convinced to come from their houses due to several impairments.

He shared that the initiative was well-received by seniors over the area, with 88% of those surveyed stating they listened with somebody else in the cell kopitiam.

The respondents also indicated their willingness”to depart house with such a characteristic below their cubes”.

“It’s all about bringing that familiarity, which watering hole that seniors may come together. Instead of staying in the home and being isolated, they discovered buddies even in a location they are rather comfortable with,” additional Zaqy.

Commenting on the display, URA CEO Lim Eng Hwee, stated:”As we shape and plan Singapore for the long run, we must take into consideration how people’s requirements may change as they grow old. Hence this display is a timely investigation of strategies and aspects which many players involved in shaping our built environment may contemplate, to encourage people in living healthy and happy lives.”