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 by 2030. There is an increasing demand for programmes to help older adults age graciously, continuously connect to their community, and maintain an active role in the society.
I-SING, originally named SING, is an exergaming competition for the elderly aged 65 and above and started in 2016. Exergaming is a combination of exercise and video/digital games and in 2018, for the first time, the competition went international with participants from Finland, Taiwan, France and Japan.
I-SING is part of a research study conducted to examine the effect of exergaming in promoting health-related behaviours among senior citizens and in improving physiological health, cognitive functions as well as social & psychological well-being, building upon established theories in motivation planned behaviours & the health belief model. I-SING is undertaken by CHESS together with Senior Activity Centers across Singapore. The programme has undergone three reiterations, including I-SING2018, SING2017 and SING 2016.
To see how I-SING has grown since 2016, please click on the appended PDF:
We would like to thank the following donors for their financial support to the I-SING programme: