What is Healthy Ageing?

Since the challenge commenced, the team did their fair share of digging on various research papers and websites and this is what we know about healthy ageing at the point of writing.

The definition from WHO defines active aging as “the process of developing and maintaining the functional ability that enables well-being in older age”.

The team had a dialog in world cafe style to answer “what is healthy ageing?” to discuss the findings and we managed to summarize what we know about healthy ageing into 3 main aspects that an individual should not be deprived of due to social stigma.

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Setup we used for world cafe

The 3 main aspects are:

  1. Physical
  2. Mental
  3. Social

The team also summarized a list of approach currently used to tackle each of the aspects with heavy reference to the local context of Singapore.

Physical

  1. Diet control – Singapore’s health promotion board introduced a new toolkit to encourage positive changes to seniors’ diet
  2. Exercise – Promotion of exercise to elderly with “The Enabling Village”

Mental

  1. Board games – Mahjong simulating cognitive abilities
  2. Companionship – Combating loneliness 
  3. Religious events – Correlated with mental health

Social

  1. Dancing classes – Exercising with group allow socialising with group
  2. Singing – Building up social connectedness
  3. Community services – Befriending services