Singapore College of Social Sciences leapfrogs innovation and entrepreneurship in gerontology for Singapore and Asia

Singapore College of Social Sciences leapfrogs innovation and entrepreneurship in gerontology for Singapore and Asia

Inaugural SUSS Geronpreneurship Innovation Pageant at World Ageing Pageant and a number of initiatives to spice up age inclusivity and eldercare

SINGAPORE, Might 24, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Singapore College of Social Sciences (SUSS) has launched the inaugural Geronpreneurship Innovation Pageant and a number of age-inclusive initiatives with native and regional companions to spice up wholesome and profitable ageing, and harness the longevity market, as Singapore is about to show ‘super-aged’ in 2026.

Singapore College of Social Sciences leapfrogs innovation and entrepreneurship in gerontology for Singapore and Asia

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The rising variety of seniors is a defining situation and alternative of present instances. Whole healthcare and social prices of the aged in Singapore are projected to rise tenfold over the following 15 years to USD49 billion yearly. By 2030, Singapore’s silver technology is projected to spend practically USD150 billion. It presents an enormous market alternative for Singapore to develop applied sciences to spice up age inclusivity and assisted and institutionalised care.

 Accelerating Adoption & Beginning of Gerontechnologies

In gentle of the silver future, the college has launched the SUSS Geronpreneurship Innovation Pageant on the World Ageing Pageant in the present day to find and nurture high-potential improvements to develop the gerontology sector. It’s a key initiative rolled out below the Ngee Ann Kongsi (NAK) Social Impression Hub and established via SUSS with a SGD10 million donation to the college.

The competition will host the Ageing Startup Pitch Stadium for Gerontology-focused startups and showcase next-generation Geronpreneurship options and techniques with SUSS companions, protecting cognitive, bodily, social and emotional wellbeing of the aged. It represents a end result of SUSS’ suite of newest programmes, together with SUSS’ Impression Startup Problem and Enterprise Builder Programme, to develop and groom pupil entrepreneurs within the gerontology sector.

Professor Tan Tai Yong, SUSS President, stated, “SUSS has a decade-long involvement within the gerontology house and this has stood us in good stead with our authorities, group and business companions in Singapore and the area. We’re honoured by their belief and can proceed to usher in the perfect data, initiatives, improvements and partnerships to advance the gerontology sector in Singapore. There’s power in numbers – I urge extra donors, corporates and volunteers to be part of this ecosystem to speed up our age-inclusive actuality.”

Spearheading Finest Practices, Analysis and Requirements of Eldercare

As well as, SUSS is driving and imparting notable finest practices, analysis and requirements of eldercare with authorities, company and educational and group companions in Singapore and the area.

A key initiative that SUSS has launched is its collaboration with the World Well being Organisation for Neighborhood Well being Companies to coach a pioneer batch of 40 assessors in Singapore within the utility of the WHO Built-in Care Evaluation for Older Individuals (ICOPE) to supply a person-centred well being and social care method in the direction of optimising the useful skills of seniors. By means of the framework, healthcare and social staff, and caregivers are outfitted to display older individuals vulnerable to care dependency locally and advocate personalised care plans for them. This can assist stop, decelerate or reverse declines within the bodily and psychological capacities of older individuals, to spice up Singapore’s ‘More healthy SG’ nationwide preventive care technique for an ageing inhabitants.

“The WHO ICOPE framework is simple to grasp and related in a preventive healthcare method. By means of our practicum, administered via SUSS, we discovered that it is extremely person-centred and an empowering device for older adults to take cost in crafting their very own and even their relations’ personalised care plans. Household and mates will also be a part of their care journey, supporting and referring them to applicable group assets,” stated Ms Elizabeth Teo, 52, SUSS Grasp of Gerontology pupil, a pioneer WHO ICOPE assessor in Singapore and District Councillor (Northeast CDC).

First Singapore College Providing Gerontology Research

As the primary college to pioneer Gerontology research in Singapore, SUSS provides a stackable sequence of Gerontology programmes for anybody from studying to practising within the sector. They vary from a Graduate Certificates and Diploma to a Grasp and PhD in Gerontology. The college additionally provides a Minor in Utilized Ageing Research to its undergraduate college students. Over 400 SUSS Gerontology college students and alumni are creating affect locally in the present day, realising the college’s social mission via equipping people with steady utilized data and abilities to chart their very own paths and contribute to the silver business in Singapore.

“SUSS’ Gerontology programme has enabled me to carve out a brand new and rewarding journey to affect the lives of these residing with dementia and their household caregivers. It’s filled with practice-based data taught by school who’re main gerontologists themselves. A lot of my classmates and lecturers are additionally key collaborators and supporters of the work and trigger that I’m championing in the present day – the community is its web price,” stated Mr Daniel Lim, 43, SUSS Grasp of Gerontology pupil, who co-founded Allow Asia, a first-in-Singapore-and-Asia platform, to allow individuals with dementia to reside a lifetime of dignity and beauty, whereas offering assist to their household caregivers via artwork, design and know-how.

About Singapore College of Social Sciences

SUSS is a college with a wealthy heritage in inspiring lifelong training and reworking society via social sciences. We develop college students and alumni to be work-ready and work-adaptive, aspiring to achieve their full potential, via our 3H’s training philosophy – ‘Head’ for skilled competency with utilized data, ‘Coronary heart’ for social consciousness of the wants of the society, and ‘Behavior’ for ardour in the direction of lifelong studying. We provide greater than 90 undergraduate and graduate programmes, obtainable in full- and part-time examine modes that are versatile, modular and interdisciplinary, catering to each recent college leavers and grownup learners. SUSS additionally provides a broad vary of continuous training and coaching modular programs for the skilled abilities upgrading of Singapore’s workforce.

Our programmes and programs are supplied by our 5 colleges:

  • S R Nathan Faculty of Human Improvement

  • Faculty of Enterprise

  • Faculty of Humanities and Behavioural Sciences

  • Faculty of Legislation

  • Faculty of Science and Expertise

Up to now, over 44,000 graduates have skilled our distinctive model of training, and annually, over 21,000 college students are pursuing their full- and part-time research with us.

The Institute for Grownup Studying (IAL), as a part of SUSS, leads within the discipline of analysis on grownup and office studying and coaching of grownup educators to construct capabilities of the coaching and grownup training sector in Singapore and past.

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