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Guidebook gives tips on caring for seniors

TO PREVENT falls at home, use luminous-coloured tape to mark out steps, or place a non-slip mat under floor rugs.
The Straits Times - September 29, 2014
By: Samantha Boh
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Guidebook gives tips on caring for seniors Madam Ng Chye Mui (left), 53, playing a game with her mother, Madam Lim Cherng (right), 78. The game mimicks partial loss of vision and hearing and demonstrates how difficult life can be for the aged. -- ST PHOTO: ONG WEE JIN

TO PREVENT falls at home, use luminous-coloured tape to mark out steps, or place a non-slip mat under floor rugs.

These tips are captured in a new guidebook that looks at caring for a senior; and preparing for and managing old age.

The 300-page guide, titled Ageing With Grace: The Complete Caregiver's Guide, was released by Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH) yesterday.

The book, in English, compiles information and advice provided by 40 health-care professionals from various disciplines. It is a collaboration between the hospital's Institute of Geriatric and Active Ageing (IGA) and Straits Times Press.

It covers preventive to end-of-life care, complete with step-by-step instructions and photographs, on topics such as chronic disease management and dementia. It is on sale at all major bookstores for $28, excluding GST, and TTSH is working to have the contents translated into Chinese, Malay and Tamil. There are also plans to put parts of it online.

Speaking at the book launch at Jubilee Square in Ang Mo Kio yesterday, Minister of State for Health Lam Pin Min said the guidebook comes at an opportune time, as the nation prepares to care for more seniors.

The book will complement other resources available, such as the toll-free national eldercare helpline "Singapore Silver Line", by the Agency for Integrated Care, he said.

The director of IGA, Associate Professor Chin Jing Jih, said when doctors see patients, they know what type of resources to give them for the problem they are facing at that point in time. But they might not be able to predict future problems.

"We don't want them to have to keep running back to us, so since we know that many of the problems highlighted in the book will appear sooner or later, we thought it would be good for them to have this resource to turn to," he said.

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