COVID-19 impacts all ages, but the group most at risk are older people, who suffer the highest rate of severe disease and death worldwide. Singapore has done well in protecting our older people, but COVID-19 has significant impact nonetheless on older people, their families and service providers.
Co-organised by Ageing Asia, the Tsao Foundation and the International Longevity Centre - Singapore, this webinar series aims to examine the impact of COVID-19, specifically how policy measures, changes in service delivery and community response affect the well-being of older people and the people around them.
The upcoming part 2/3 of the webinar, ‘Safety vs Sanity: The Impact of Staying at Home’, will look at how older people are affected by the prolonged period of movement restriction through the circuit breaker and the various stages of COVID-19 response to-date.
Because of the higher risk of severe infection and death from COVID-19 for older people, policy makers, the community, family members and even the older people themselves - have been extra careful about keeping older people at home with the intention of keeping them out of the pandemic’s harmful impact.
Even as COVID-19 is coming under control, and our lifestyle seems to resume some form of normalcy, families continue to urge their older parents and elderly relatives to stay at home; many older people are also fearful of going out.
During the session, we will find out:
• How older people fared during the circuit breaker when they had to stay at home and are curtailed of access to social activities, and contact with family and friends?
• How are older people doing now in the aftermath, and what happens if they continue to restrict their movements and stay at home?
• How could older people and their families balance the risk of safety while maintaining well-being in determining what activities outside of the home are appropriate, and what safety measures should be taken?
• What new interventions may be useful to support their mental and physical well-being even if they are to stay at home more?
• What support could be utilised to better prepare them in the event of another future lockdown?
Please join us on Wednesday, 30th September, 8pm-9.30pm (Singapore time), to discuss Safety vs Sanity: The Impact of Staying at Home, in the times of COVID-19 for our older people.
The 'COVID-19 & Older People' webinar series hopes to address these questions:
What interventions worked?
What didn’t? What would the “new normal” be like?
How can we co-create a more positive future for older people even in these unusual times?
Tsao Foundation’s vision is to optimize opportunities in longevity in an inclusive society for all ages. Established in Singapore in 1993, the goals of the non-profit family foundation are aligned to the MIPAA and WHO healthy ageing frameworks.
Through four major initiatives – the Hua Mei Centre for Successful Ageing, Hua Mei Training Academy, International Longevity Centre Singapore and Community for Successful Ageing (ComSA) – the Tsao Foundation pioneers and provides community-based, person-centred primary healthcare for adults aged 40 and above; builds capacity in professional and informal age care and self-care; fosters elder empowerment and community development; and initiates policy-relevant research and cross-sector partnerships in its advocacy for mindset and systemic change to actualise health, well-being and participation over the life course.
An initiative of the Tsao Foundation, ILC-S aims to promote the well-being of older people and contribute to national development through community development as well as research and collaborations that inform policy, facilitate policy-action translation and promote quality, effective practice in Singapore and the region.
ILC-S is also a member of the ILC-Global Alliance, which is a consortium of 16 ILC’s world wide, including Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, France, India, Israel, Japan, the Netherlands, South Africa, UK and the US.
Ageing Asia is Asia Pacific’s first industry network on the business of ageing. We are an independent business network that seeks to unite business, government, community leaders and the media to address opportunities for the ageing population by nurturing partnerships and curating development of solutions. Our mission is to change the future of ageing in Asia Pacific.
Three Pillars of Ageing Asia:
· Facilitate knowledge transfer of best practices, concepts and innovations in health and elder care between countries and sectors
· Research and identify market intelligence on Asia Pacific’s silver economy business opportunities
· Improve quality of elderly care in Asia Pacific
Ageing Asia is a member of raiSE, Singapore Centre for Social Enterprise. As a social enterprise, we allocate at least 10% of the revenue to sponsor representatives in not-for-profit sectors in Singapore and Asia with free tickets and discounted rates to our training programmes and events. Our charity initiative is the Art for Seniors Project that aims to brighten nursing care facilities through wall murals, and to promote intergenerational bonding and engagement with the elders.