There has been a rapid growth of ageing population around the globe. World Health Organization (2002) reported that the number of people aged 60 and above worldwide is expected to increase to 1.2 billion by 2025 and 2 billion by 2050. Singapore is no exception. The number of older adults aged 65 years and above in Singapore is expected to escalate from 8.7% in 2008 to about 19% of our population in 2030. Under this circumstance, there would be an increasing demand for government efforts and intervention programs to help older adults age graciously, continuously connect to their community, and maintain an active role in the society. With the aims of developing the “heartware” for Singapore and nurturing a resilient and caring society, Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) plays an important role in promoting healthy and active aging in Singapore.
SING is considered as a nation-wide event for older adults, which encourages them to participate in exercise and interact with the society. In this sense, SING is consistent with the goal of MSF and could contribute to the active aging programs and interventions in Singapore.
This project can provide some information and insights for policy makers and elderly care providers. The findings the proposed research can provide useful empirical evidence with respect to the usefulness and effectiveness of SING as an intervention strategy to improve the social interaction among older adults, enhance exercise adherence, which in turn improve their physical, cognitive and psychosocial well-being. In a long run, SING serves as an annual event, which offers enjoyable experience and social connection for the aging population, and thus constantly benefit the communities and impact the society. Furthermore, the evaluation of the outcomes of SING could contribute to evidence-based policy making, that is, to create social activities for active aging informed and inspired by empirical social science research.
SING is undertaken by CHESS in collaborations with nation-wide senior activity centers in Singapore. The programme has undergone two reiterations, including SING 2016 and SING 2017.
A very special thanks to the following donors for financial support to the SING programme: