Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Elaboration on Essential Question

Question: What really bothers the elderly

(Physically and Mentally)

Challenge: How do we meet up to the elderly's NEEDS and WANTS?

A lot of people in this world will try to find ways of satisfying them rather than sourcing for the root cause of their unhappiness or dissatisfactions.

The basic concept of dissatisfying an elderly is when he/she needs to do a procedure over and over again just to accomplish a mission because of their inabilities or lack of help. For example, an elderly with Parkinson’s disease trying to button their clothing. Again and again, this particular elderly will have trouble fitting on their clothes on the first time, second time maybe or even more than that. Let’s put our feet into an elderly’s shoes. What will you want in daily life? Someone to talk to? Someone to help you in household chores? Someone to assist you in life, that’s it.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Selecting your EQ's

Order of Essential Questions:

  1. How can we use what we have to benefit the elderly?
  2. What really bothers the elderly?
  3. What really satisfies the elderly?


  1. We can start by using what we already possess to help the elderly. It need not be any expensive products. It can be those little things such as a spare water bottle or a pair of old shoes. This will not only relief the financial burden of the elderly but also the inconvenience of going out to find what they need. One can also share daily necessities with them.
  2. We can really do intensive research to find out what troubles and bothers the elderly. This way, we can be careful the next time round when we interact with them. We will also understand what the elderly dislikes and avoid them.
  3. We can also do intensive research to find out what kind of activities or service pleases the elderly. This way, we note what kind of activities to organise for them or provide various services.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Holiday work - Part 1: Understanding the ‘The Elderly Challenge’

1) Explain in your own words, the FOUR key recommendations of the report.

a) Housing for Seniors

Singapore should have a wider range of housing options for the elderly to meet each senior citizen's personal needs.

b) Accessibility for Seniors

Singapore should be more elder-friendly in terms of transport. Transport for the elderly should be more convenient in places such as walkways along HDB flats, buildings, public transport etc. This can be accomplished by installing slopes instead of stairs, lifts on every floor etc.

c) Caring for Seniors

Singapore should have more healthcare services aid the elderly in terms of their physical disadvantage. These healthcare services should be affordable for the elderly too.

d) Opportunities for Seniors

The elderly in Singapore should be given more opportunities to socialise and lead a healthy lifestyle. This can be done by letting the elderly come together in community centers and talk to each other. There are also places that the elderly can exercise and stay healthy. For example, exercise parks and playgrounds for the elderly.

2) State ONE way that the CAI report is recommending to make our public housing more elderly-friendly.

HDB should work with market players to offer reverse mortgage schemes for elderly HDB flat lessees at commercial terms, to provide another option for seniors to derive some income from their homes to meet expenditure in old age, without having to move out of their homes.

3) State TWO ways on how we can ensure that the quality of elderly care here in Singapore is affordable.

The government could top-up Medisave accounts of less-income Singaporeans to ensure that seniors can afford healthcare services.

4) After reading the CAI report, what do you are the THREE things that you can do, as an SST student, to help overcome these elderly challenges?

Firstly, I can help overcome these elderly challenges by empathising with the elderly and treat them better. As a growing teenager, I can start by talking more to my grandparents. Next, I can make use of the innovative mindset to think of better facilities to improve the living environment for the elderly. Lastly, I can always take the initiative to help any elderly on the streets that need my assistance.

~Jia Le

Friday, March 26, 2010

Reflection on the NEWater trip

  1. What are the 3 key takeaways from today’s visit?
  2. Name 2 concepts that you have learnt today during the visit.
  3. What is the 1 interesting thing that you have learnt today?
  4. What are the things that you can do to help with water conservation in Singapore?

Firstly Singapore has 4 national taps. The four national taps are, Local Catchment of Water, Imported Water from Johor Bahru, NEWater and Desalinated Water. NEWater currently covers 15% of the daily usage of water in Singapore.

We learnt that the used water goes through a couple of processes to clean it until it is safe for us to drink. I also learnt that ultra-violet light filtration is so strong that no living organism that passes through it is able to stay alive.

There are two contracts between Malaysia and Singapore. One expires next year and the other expires 51 years later. Also, ultra-violet light is a 100 times stronger than that of the sun.

One way is to don’t leave the tap running unnecessarily. A very good example is when you are brushing your teeth. Instead of leaving the tap on, use a mug. This will reduce the amount of water usage. Another way is to fix any leakage ASAP. A dripping tap wastes at least 5500 litres of water every year. That’s enough water to fill a pool every week for the whole summer. Fixing your dripping tap could save you over $50 a year.

Monday, March 1, 2010