Thrust 1: Ageing Medicine
To promote physical well-being through prevention/ delay onset of disease.
Thrust 2: Social Integration & Education
To maintain & enhance social integration, participation and productivity of ageing community.
To provide friendly & safe environment so as to enable independent living.
Thrust 4: Care and Lifestyle Enhancement
To maintain or improve quality of life via care intervention and innovation in technology.
Singapore is among the world’s fastest ageing country. Due to the increasing longevity and declining birth rates, it is projected that by 2030, the number of elderly citizens will be tripled to almost one in five Singaporean residents over the age of 65. This huge expansion in the population of older adults reflects an increasing strain on the current institution-centric eldercare system and society. Health expenses due to age-related diseases are expected to increase with the expanding population of older adults, while economic productivity is predicted to experience a downturn due to decreasing labour pool. There is, hence, an exigency in making efforts to develop a set of strategies that will advance the development, acceptance and adoption of technologies that enhance the independence, health and quality of life of the growing older population.
To address the issue, NTU has established a University-level Institute, Ageing Research Institute for Society and Education (ARISE), to support multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary ageing-related research, programmes and activities. ARISE primarily focuses on (i) Ageing Medicine; (ii) Social Integration and Education; (iii) Ageing-in-Place; and (iv) Care & Lifestyle Enhancement. ARISE’s role is to act as a strategic functioning body that co-ordinates to engage and integrate the efforts of the research institutes, centres, colleges and schools across NTU that focuses on ageing population.
Ageing issues in Singapore raise serious concerns about long-term care, health care social security, pensions, and family systems. Promises of new age technologies as possible resources to improve eldercare quality and outcomes have been postulated. In recent years, we witness a growing number of assistive technologies and information and communication technologies (ICTs) being developed to improve quality of life, extend length of community residence, improve physical and mental acuity, delay the onset of serious health problems and reduce family and care-giver burden. In today’s world, home automation, telehealth services, and ‘ambient intelligence’ are increasingly becoming tools to support and monitor older adults with or without cognitive impairments, by improving their sense of safety and security as a means to support ageing-in-place
Until recently, many traditional assumptions associated with ageing and eldercare often cast older adults in a more passive role, not a proactive one. For a variety of economic, sociological, and technological reasons, this paradigm is now shifting. Technologies are providing older adults with an interactive lifeline to the world, empowering them to live more robust, healthful, and independent lives. Along with various medical science, social and health economics research projects on ageing, ARISE has a vision to encourage and support smart ageing in the Singapore population. ARISE has undertaken projects on new technologies which focus on personal safety and active life solutions especially for older people and ultimately the outcomes of these projects to add quality life to older adults.