With an increased life expectancy coupled with falling birth rates, Singapore’s rapidly greying society is expecting 25% of the population to be aged 65 and older by 2030, compared to 14.4% in 2019, according to the Asian Development Bank – the impending ‘Silver Tsunami’ should not come as a shock.

The effects of an ageing population are possibly more consequential than it seems on the surface. For instance, healthcare services have to remain accessible and affordable to cater to the varying needs of the elderly.

To say the least, a multifaceted, integrated and holistic approach is required to ensure that the varying needs of seniors are met (Asian Development Bank, 2020).

At Yong-en Care Centre, we prioritize community care and support services, allocating a large proportion of our manpower and resources to seniors. Our care framework consists of Active Ageing, Dementia Care and Home Care, where we provide a range of comprehensive services that cater to the needs of our senior beneficiaries within the care continuum.

Impact Stories

Alan’s active participation in Yong-en is an accurate depiction of how seniors age meaningfully and with dignity with us.

On Mondays and Wednesdays, Alan visits Yong-en’s Dementia Day Care (DDC), where he gets to participate in a myriad of activities. More than a mere participant, Alan takes on the role of a care team member.

He would help with the setting up of activities and co-facilitate them. He even assists other seniors when needed (in line with Montessori care approach for seniors with dementia, where seniors are empowered to co-lead according to their functionality).

With the implementation of the circuit breaker and temporary closure of the day care, Alan was said to be missing this routine during a check-in call with his wife. He would be reminded about the temporary closure each time and be disappointed to learn that he could not be at the centre.

When learnt that the Centre would re-open in July 2020, he was overjoyed and returned to the programme more zealous than before. His wife and daughter, who are the main caregivers were also appreciative of the respite and support as they both returned to their workplace.