Posted in Ageing & Culture, Caregiving, International Campaigns, Therapeutic Activities

Trishaws anyone?

A beautiful intergenerational activity to celebrate the love of cycling, a spot of reminiscence, and the great outdoors.


How lovely is this? As a child, my mother and I use to jump on a trishaw after our trip to the wet market. I use to watch the spokes go round and round and I still can hear the “Tak tak tak” sound the wheels make as we head home. It’s always a magical experience no matter how short the trip was. Took less than 5 minutes to reach our home from the market on a trishaw and I’ve sat in it for years and years with my mum, but it never grows old. With the wind in my face, the clicky round of the rickshaw, and just cuddled beside my mum with all our groceries at my feet, the world was our oyster.

When Cycling Without Age it just brought back all these lovely memories of my childhood. I wondered how wonderful would this be for it to be reintroduced into the community. There would be so many older adults in Asia whose main form of transport was the bicycle or the trishaw at a point of their time in their youth. As we aged and our physical abilities deteriorate, we lose our abilities to cycle and with it, our memories of freedom, that wind in your hair, the road just beneath your feet, to go wherever you wanted to go and be wherever you wanted to be.

Such an intervention can only bring generations together, a real intergenerational project of adventure and bonds. To bring people closer through the love of freedom and the outdoors.

I’m so glad to see this in Singapore and I hope that more Singaporeans will jump on board to support this movement!

If you have time, have a read of these 21 inspirational stories from Cycling without Age

Posted in Caregiving

More room for wiser minds in governing, says Ong Ye Kung

Politics News -SINGAPORE – There can be more room for the Government to exercise judgment and discretion because the world is now too complex to be reduced to rules, Acting Education Minister Ong Ye Kung said on Monday (Jan 25).. Read more at

Source: Parliament: More room for wiser minds in governing, says Ong Ye Kung, Politics News & Top Stories – The Straits Times

This is a heartfelt statement, in the midst of dollar and cents, in the black and white, this statement was a breath of fresh air after weeks of holding it in whenever I saw an article about dementia in the news. It’s been a roller-coaster month with debates over the luxury
” of space for people with dementia which is according to World Health Organisation, a terminal condition, there is no cure. It’s been great to see the dementia-friendly Yishun. As I continue to work on my research and look to countries like Japan and Taiwan and their care for the elderly and I wonder how can we improve? How can we be inclusive, how can we not be that awful wooden bowl? How can we do better as a nation?

It is in hope that there will be more wisdom in the governance of the country; as the world evolves, we are plagued by a wheel of constant change. To keep the country flourishing and the gears turning, we need a high functioning society that understands and maintains the homeostasis required to keep Singapore at the top of its game. I sincerely hope that the government will be able to look beyond the now and plan judiciously for the future to ensure that the needs of Singaporeans can be met in order for us to contribute to the nation that we call home.



Posted in Caregiving, International Campaigns

Channel NewsAsia: Forget me not 

A documentary on dementia by @Justinbratton6 featuring Alzheimers Disease Association in Singapore, touching on dementia environmental design.

The information provided by Justin Bratton is very informative especially on how Japan is coping with providing care for living with dementia and the programs that they have formulated such as dementia friendly caravan, dementia friendly malls, banks etc.

I love the intergenerational program with the older adults with dementia and the pre-school kids. It’s so lovely to see that sense of connection and a program that breaks the boundaries and stigma of dementia.


Untitled.png1 in 10 Singaporeans over 60 have dementia. This number is set to rise quickly. Are we prepared for the onslaught? Justin Bratton experiences what life is like when warped by dementia. He heads to Japan to find out how the entire country is being mobilized to create a dementia friendly nation.

Watch the video here: IT Figures S4 – Toggle

Posted in Ageing & Culture, Caregiving, Research & Best Practice, The Built Environment

Singapore nursing homes, our story of the wooden bowl?

“It was once said that the moral test of government is how that government treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the elderly; and those who are in the shadows of life, the sick, the needy and the handicapped.”
– Hubert H. Humphrey

Appears that single bedrooms for people with dementia in nursing homes are considered a luxury in Singapore.



This is a brilliant article by Dr Philip Yap and Dr Gerald Koh, and Singapore needs a serious conversation about how we can respectfully treat our elders with dignity.


How do want to care for our loved ones when they grow older? Singaporeans echo the fact that nursing homes are restrictive, institutionalised and lack personal care (Wee et al. 2015). Do we really want anyone we love to live the last years of their life an acute like facility, watching their neighbours beside them cognitively regress as a result of the tension and depression of the unfamiliar, undignified, and restrictive environment? What sort of morals and values will our children inherit when they are exposed to ideas that privacy, dignity, independence and quality of life is deemed a luxury for our elders living with a terminal condition? Are nursing homes, Singapore’s very own wooden bowl?

We need to do more to become a more inclusive Singapore.


Here’s some additional information about dementia.

Did you know?

Dementia is a terminal condition with no cure (World Health Organisation 2015).

“People with dementia are frequently denied the basic rights and freedoms available to others. In many countries, physical and chemical restraints are used extensively in care facilities for elderly people and in acute-care settings, even when regulations are in place to uphold the rights of people to freedom and choice.

An appropriate and supportive legislative environment based on internationally accepted human rights standards is required to ensure the highest quality of service provision to people with dementia and their caregivers.” (Source: WHO 2015)


Wee, S.-L. et al., 2015. Singaporeans’ perceptions of and attitudes toward long-term care services. Qualitative health research, 25(2), pp.218–27.