As Singapore’s population ages, it is becoming increasingly important to address age-related health concerns. The Healthier SG initiative aims to improve the health and well-being of Singaporeans, including seniors.
In this article, we will explore some common age-related health concerns and how the Healthier SG initiative is addressing them.
Common Age-Related Health Concerns
As we age, the risk of developing chronic diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease increases. These conditions can have a significant impact on seniors’ quality of life and can lead to complications if left untreated.
Cognitive decline, including dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, is also a common age-related health concern. These conditions can have a significant impact on seniors’ ability to live independently and can place a burden on caregivers.
Falls and Mobility Issues
Falls and mobility issues are also common age-related health concerns. These can lead to severe injuries and a loss of independence for seniors should they suffer injuries that inhibit them from moving around freely.
Mental health is also a common age-related health concern. This is especially true for elders who live alone or do not go out often. Social isolation can take a toll on mental health which can then increase the likelihood of depression.
The Healthier SG initiative is addressing this by promoting social engagement and providing resources for social support. This includes initiatives such as the Senior Activity Centre, which provides social activities and community support for seniors.
Nutrition and Diet
Nutrition and diet are important factors in maintaining good health, especially as we age. The food choices we make can lead to better bones, mental acuteness, resistance to disease, weight management as well as increasing wellbeing, making us feel better and emotionally stronger.
The Healthier SG initiative is addressing this by promoting healthy eating habits and providing resources for nutritional support. This includes initiatives such as the Healthier Dining Program, which encourages healthier food choices in restaurants, and the Health Promotion Board’s My Healthy Plate, which provides guidelines for a balanced and nutritious diet.
How the Healthier SG Initiative is Addressing Age-Related Health Concerns
Chronic Disease Management
The Healthier SG initiative is addressing chronic disease management by promoting healthy lifestyles and providing resources for disease prevention and management. This includes initiatives such as providing first free Healthier SG consultations at General Practitioners’ clinics and providing subsidies on whitelisted chronic medications.
Dementia Prevention and Management
The Healthier SG initiative is also addressing cognitive decline and dementia prevention and management. This includes partnerships with the Silver Generation Office, which provides support and resources for seniors and caregivers.
The Healthier SG initiative is addressing a wide range of age-related health concerns, including chronic diseases, cognitive decline, falls and mobility issues, mental health, nutrition and diet, and social isolation and loneliness. By prioritizing the health and well-being of seniors and providing resources and support, we can ensure that Singaporeans can age in good health and with dignity.