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Updated: 11/18/2012 06:08 | By Channel NewsAsia

Marine Parade shaping up to be more seniors—friendly

Marine Parade shaping up to be more seniors—friendly

Marine Parade shaping up to be more seniors—friendly

SINGAPORE: Marine Parade is shaping up to be an elderly—friendly estate, as facility improvements and programmes are being rolled out to help the elderly in the area.

This comes after the Marine Parade pilot project launched last year aimed at addressing the social, healthcare and hardware needs of senior residents there.

Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong, who is also a Member of Parliament for Marine Parade GRC, said caring for the elderly should go beyond physical facilities.

One of the initiatives launched in the ward is the GoodLife! Angel Ambassadors programme.

Under the programme, elderly volunteers, who are trained to recognise signs and symptoms of depression and dementia, will visit senior residents who live alone in Marine Parade.

The 40 ambassadors, whose age ranges from 52 to 83, received their appointment certificates from Mr Goh at a community event on Saturday.

Besides the ambassadors programme, more improvements will be made in the estate.

For instance, seats at bus stops will be modified to make it easier for the elderly to use.

The Land Transport Authority (LTA) will also put in place large—print bus services information posters.

In addition, more than 800 drain covers will be coated with anti—slip paint.

Meanwhile, estates such as Whampoa, Bedok and Taman Jurong have also started similar efforts to make their communities more senior—friendly.

— CNA/ir

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