10 February 2018

Lien Foundation and design firm COLOURS launch book with 10 ideas to transform under-used spaces into thriving communities for seniors

A book on architectural designs released today by the Lien Foundation and design firm COLOURS puts forward new ideas on how unused and underused spaces in land-scarce Singapore can be re-purposed into thriving communities for seniors to lead active and engaged lives.  The book, Second Beginnings: Senior Living Redefined, proposes 10 new types or “typologies” of spaces  to enable seniors to pursue passions, initiate interest-based activities, exercise and, if needed, be cared for within the community.

The Foundation is working with TOUCH Community Services to develop one of the typologies, known as the Community Pocket, in an HDB void deck in Ang Mo Kio. The new facility will also run the Foundation's Gym Tonic strength training programme for seniors.

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Ideas to transform underused spaces into thriving communities for seniors

Together with design firm COLOURS, the Foundation released a publication, Second Beginnings: Senior Living Redefined, which proposed 10 new typologies where seniors can age in community and continue to live active, engaged lives. We partnered The Straits Times in a readers’ engagement to invite new ideas to reimagine how seniors can live and play in their communities.

•  The Sunday Times - 4 March 2018
•  The Sunday Times - 11 February 2018
•  Lianhe Zaobao - 11 February 2018
•  Lianhe Wanbao - 10 February 2018
•  Shinmin Daily News - 10 February 2018
•  Channel 8 News - 10 February 2018

Government studying assisted living facilities

A 2016 study, Safe but Soulless, jointly commissioned by the Lien Foundation and the Khoo Chwee Neo Foundation highlighted the challenges that continue to plague the nursing home sector today, including the lack of housing options for seniors. More recently, the Ministry of Health has said that it is studying such options closely, including the possibility of rolling out pilot projects in this area.

•  The Sunday Times - 28 January 2018
•  Lianhe Wanbao - 28 January 2018

Frontline SMRT staff to undergo training to help commuters with special needs

The Forget Us Not initiative, led by the Lien Foundation, partnered SMRT in shaping the curriculum of its Inclusive Service Delivery Programme so that they can better support elderly commuters with dementia

•  Lianhe Zaobao - 26 January 2018
•  The Straits Times - 25 January 2018
•  TODAY - 25 January 2018
•  Channel NewAsia - 25 January 2018