Age Well Everyday (AWE) Programme

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AWE Volunteers
(From left) Associate Professor Wong Yue Kee, Vice President (Learning Services) at the Singapore University of Social Sciences, Ms Chew Poh Yim, Chairman of Stroke Support Station, and Associate Professor Yeoh Khay Guan, Dean of NUS Medicine, signed an MOU to build an e-portal to train community health volunteers and help keep elderly people mentally alert.
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Today, one in 10 seniors who are aged 60 and above in Singapore has dementia. With increased life expectancy and a rapidly ageing population, we expect dementia cases to triple by 2030. It is therefore important to raise awareness of dementia and focus efforts on prevention.

A series of studies on cognitive stimulating activities for community-living elderly, led to the development of the Age Well Everyday (AWE) programme, a holistic and evidence-based dementia and depression prevention programme that emphasises preventive medicine in the community, by the community, for the community. A structured programme encompassing Health Education, Exercise, Mindfulness Practice, Art & Music Reminiscence, and Horticultural Therapy, which can be delivered by volunteers, is designed to delay cognitive deterioration, reduce anxiety and depression, and increase socialization – thereby delaying the onset of dementia and improving the quality of life of seniors.

To increase training capacity for volunteer trainers and bring the programme to a wider audience, the AWE E-Learning Training Course was created in collaboration with SUSS UniLEARN and Stroke Support Station. The e-learning program replaces the earlier face-to-face teaching sessions provided to volunteers and allows interested volunteers to acquire knowledge and skills, at their own pace and time. It comprises 6 online modules on lifestyle management, dementia, depression, stroke and caregiving, 2 face-to-face sessions on Mindfulness Practice and a webinar session with qualified healthcare professionals.

Participants who have completed the AWE E-Learning Training Course can sign up for an additional Teaching and Facilitation E-learning module to be certified as an AWE volunteer instructor. For more information, contact us at pcmbox6@nullnus.edu.sg. Interested individuals can sign up at https://forms.gle/WwMaZ6hmLTJ4hGJ68