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Community Wellness Hub Playbook provides a collection of local and international case examples, key principles, strategies and tools to help communities promote healthy living as a way of life within their neighbourhoods. A roadmap and self-assessment checklist are included. The playbook is dedicated to all who are interested in planning and/or developing a near-home wellness activity centre. We invite you to explore this playbook.

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What kind of housing and neighbourhoods will meet our needs as we grow older?

Shelter is a basic human need that is critical to quality of life, especially for older adults. The literature suggests that the nature and suitability of older people’s housing are central determinants of their wellbeing. We scan the literature to bring together some of the tools, trends and types of housing and living arrangements that are being harnessed by cities for their older populations. The aim is to highlight the myriad of possibilities, innovative models and solutions for addressing older people’s housing needs.

Note 1 – United Kingdom
Note 2 – United States of America
Note 3 – Republic of Korea
Note 4 – Canada
Note 5 – Israel
Note 6 – Lifetime Homes and Lifetime Neighbourhoods, UK
Note 7 – Netherlands
Note 8 – Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU)- A new housing option for the elderly
Note 9 Social sector elderly housing in Denmark and Japan
Note 10 –Green Homes
Note 11 State of Low-income Elderly Housing and Independent Living Units (ILU), Australia
Note 12Retirement Living in India
Note 13-Kampung-Admiralty

What kind of recreational spaces will increase quality of life as we age?

Play is a vital need in enhancing the quality of life for all ages, especially the elderly. Research suggests that meaningful play among the older population greatly helps to foster connectedness, cultivate oneself and others, and contribute to society. A corroboration of literature findings aims to elucidate how recreational spaces around the world can facilitate meaningful, and active usage by their older population. The goal is to highlight creative concepts, models and practical solutions to address senior citizens’ psycho-social needs.

Note 1 – Café for the Elderly
Note 2 – Senior Parks and Intergenerational Playgrounds
Note 3 – Senior Social Hub
Note 4 – Arts for Elderly
Note 5 – Dementia Friendly City: Bruges
Note 6 – Dance and Movement Therapy for Seniors
Note 7 – Music Therapy
Note 8 – Art Therapy
Note 9 – Dramatic Effects
Note 10 – Literary Pursuits
Note 11 – Choirs for Seniors
Note 12 – Horticultural Therapy
Note 13 – Animal Assistance for Seniors
Note 14 – Animals Living with Seniors
Note 15 – Animal and Robot Assisted Therapy
Note 16 – Camera-ready for Ageing
Note 17 – Smart Seniors for the Digital Age
Note 18 –  Video Games for Seniors
Note 19 – Coffee Corner at Block 122
Note 20 – Bukit Batok Community Cafe
Note 21 – Sharing Food with Alone Seniors
Note 22 – Gym Tonic
Note 23 – Pokemon GO for Older Adults
Note 24 – North West 911 Emergency Preparedness App
Note 25 – Support for Older Adults during COVID-19
Note 26 – Allotment Farms for Older Adults in Asian Cities Singapore, Tokyo, and Taipei
Note 27 – Intergenerational Activity Centres


What kind of interventions can we design to enhance the mobility of an ageing population?

Mobility is central to active and healthy ageing. Research has shown that enhancing the capacity of older adults to move safely and comfortably to access goods, amenities and services will reduce the risks of obesity, obesity-related illness and depression, and help them maintain regular social ties and remain active in civic life, which ultimately improves their quality of life. We scan the literature to explore how different factors including technological development, transportation infrastructure and services, land use patterns, and other social-economic environmental factors, influence the older person’s mobility. The aim is to consider the potential effectiveness of various innovative transportation and land use strategies and other social, economic and technical interventions in addressing the travel demands of an ageing population.

Note 1 – Public Transport Systems for Ageing Populations
Note 2 – Transportation Strategies for Ageing Populations, UK-Part 1
Note 3 – Transportation Strategies for Ageing Populations, UK-Part 2
Note 4 – Cycling and Older Adults
Note 5 – Cycle Training Programmes
Note 6 – Moving towards self-driving vehicles
Note 7 Safer Streets for Seniors in Singapore
Note 8 – Mobility as a Service in the Ageing Context
Note 9 – Making Public Transport Journeys Dementia-Friendly

How can planning and design strategies help create inclusive neighbourhoods to foster opportunities for active ageing?

Across the globe, cities are embracing the Age-Friendly and Dementia-Friendly concepts. Although somewhat different in scope, age-friendly and dementia-friendly cities have a common and overarching objective – to help older adults to remain independent and in the community for as long as reasonably possible by creating a supportive enabling physical and social environment. Additionally, both require action in many sectors and by many actors including governments, service providers, businesses, grassroots and community organisations, residents, and older people themselves.

We highlight the various creative approaches and initiatives that are being taken in Singapore and other cities and communities towards the creation of age friendly and dementia friendly physical and social environments.

Note 1 – Engagement with Older People
Note 2 – Curating a Green Landscape for Active Ageing
Note 3 – Design Initiatives to facilitate Healthy Ageing
Note 4 – Social Assistive Robots for Dementia Care
Note 5 – Intergenerational Space for Healthy Ageing (US and UK)
Note 6 – Safe Return Technology for People Living with Dementia in Taiwan
Note 7 – Intergenerational Space for Healthy Ageing in Asia (Hong Kong & Singapore)
Note 8 – Dementia-friendly communities
Note 9 – Falkirk:The best walkable neighbourhood in the UK
Note 10 -Maptionnaire: A PPGIS Digital Survey Tool
Note 11 – Toilet-at-NWCDC
Note 12 – Japan Dementia Friendly Community
Note 13 – Keeping Dementia at Bay in Australia
Note 14 – Harnessing Digital Resources for Dementia-Friendly Singapore
Note 15 – Planning and Design for Walkable Environment
Note 16 – Korongee Dementia Village
Note 17 – Collaborating through Research for Dementia in Europe
Note 18 – Empowering informal caregivers of PLWD through ICT interventions
Note 19 – Support Programmes for People with Young-onset Dementia
Note 20 – Dementia-Friendly Neighbourhoods in Singapore through Infrastructure Designs and Upgrades
Note 21 – Creating an Age-Friendly City in Toyama, Japan
Note 22 – Dementia-Friendly Homes in Singapore
Note 23 – Supporting Healthy Ageing in Place in Singapore
Note 24 – The Dementia Friendly Movement in Singapore
Note 25 – Building an Age-friendly China