Singapore is facing a rapidly ageing population. The number of Singaporeans aged 65 and above had increased from 1 in 10 in 2010 to 1 in 8 in 2015. By 2030, 1 in 4 Singaporean will be 65 years old and above. This fast pace of ageing is due to the large cohort of post-war baby boomers getting older; the first cohort of baby boomers turned 65 in 2012.
To help Singapore better manage the demands of being a rapidly ageing society, the Geriatric Education and Research Institution Limited (GERI) and SUSS entered into a partnership on 5 February 2020 to collaborate on course development for Gerontology programme, applied research, educational activities and internship opportunities.
Set up in 2015 as a national entity under the Ministry of Health to strengthen geriatric education, research and service planning in clinical and health services aspects of ageing, GERI places strong emphasis on geriatrics and ageing research towards supporting partnerships in creating innovative solutions for health practice and policy. Their education initiatives aim to translate evidence to action through professional education.