Jointly organised by SIM University (UniSIM) and the Gerontological Society of Singapore on Feb 4, the HDSS seminar 'Creating an Elder-friendly Environment’ saw the attendance of 44 participants from various backgrounds but with a shared interest in gerontology-related issues.
Joining the students fr om the Master of Gerontology programme were representatives from the social services sector such as the Agency for Integrated Care and the Centre for Enabled Living, as well as professionals specialising in design and technology. Also present were Dr Mary Ann Tsao, President of the Tsao Foundation, and staff from the Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports, and the National Council of Social Service.
To a large extent, the turnout spoke volumes about the credentials of the two speakers. Mr Peter Moore is the Chief Executive Officer of Inventus, a Singapore-based consultancy firm involved in projects aimed at improving the environment for older persons, while Dr Robyn Stone is the Executive Director of Leading Age Center for Applied Research in the United States. Their dynamic presentations drew many questions from the audience related to the silver industry, retirement villages, and creative use of technology to reach out to the less educated seniors in Singapore.
(Left to right) Assoc Prof Kalyani Mehta, Head of Master of Gerontology programme; Dr Robyn Stone;
Prof Tan Ngoh Tiong, Dean of HDSS; and Mr Peter Moore.