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Ageing/Long Term Care

As with many developed countries around the world, Singapore has a growing aging population. According to the “Report on the Aging Population” by the Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports, by 2030, the number of residents aged 65 years old and above is expected to rise to over 900,000, representing about 14% of the total population. Given the aging profile of Singapore, the demand for longer periods of care will increase. One of the ways to respond to this increase in demand is through the introduction and availability of intermediate and long term care (ILTC) options. At Duke-NUS HSSR, we are studying different innovations in ILTC in the community in partnership with Voluntary Welfare Organizations (VWOs). Findings from these innovations are then used in System Dynamics modeling of ILTC. We aim to better understand demand for home- and community-based services as an alternative to historically favored institutional care options and how these different care options can be financed in a sustainable manner. Two projects that we are currently implemeting are the Singapore Program of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly (SingaPACE) and Self Care for Older Persons in Singapore (SCOPE) in collaboration with Tsao Foundation.


Another project underway is to test an evidence-based program of screening, risk modification and physical therapy delivered in a community setting to reduce the incidence of falls among a group of high-risk elderly.

Ageing/Long Term Care Projects

Gender Differences in Older Adults, Health Outcomes in Japan, Singapore and Beijing

To understand gender differences in health and disabilities of older adults in Beijing, Tokyo and Singapore.


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Establishing a Practical and Theoretical Foundation for Comprehensive and Integrated Community, Policy and Academic Efforts to Improve Dementia Care in Singapore

Description: This project has been funded by the National Medical Research Council through their Singapore Translational Research Investigator Award (STaR Award) scheme. The main objective of this five-year project is to establish a laboratory in Singapore for health systems modeling, focusing on the theory and methods of System Dynamics. The first application of this...

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Self Care for Older Persons in Singapore: An intervention Study (SCOPE)

Description: This project is jointly funded by the Ministry of Education (MOE) and Ministry of Health (MOH).


  1. The main aim of this study is to evaluate a self-care intervention program aimed at enhancing the ability of mildly disabled and healthy older persons in Singapore to care for themselves. The intervention will also include...

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A Blueprint for Identifying a Successful Walking Program Targeting Singaporeans Age 50+

Description: Funded by the Virtual Institute for the Study of Ageing (VISA) at National University of Singapore (NUS), this is a 2-year study which seeks to identify a successful walking program targeting Singaporeans age 50 and above. This project provides a roadmap for designing a walking program for older Singaporeans that has high...

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Social Isolation, Health and Lifestyles Survey 2009

Description: To design evidence-based policies and programs to enhance social networks and prevent social isolation among seniors and to plan for the health care needs of the elderly in the future, a Social isolation, Health and Lifestyle Survey (SIHLS) was conducted by the Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports (MCYS). The main objectives of the survey...

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