The increasing baby boomer generation presents a sizeable and lucrative market as one in 3 Singapore residents is above the age of 45. I visited the first-ever silver industry exhibition in Singapore on Saturday.
There are 4 main zones :
- health and wellness,
- travel and leisure,
- finance and investment,
There were over 100 booths featuring useful products and services for the elderly.
Wheeled walkers with seats and even a basket or bag for carrying purchases.
Keep an active mind by playing games like Chinese Chess, sudoku, scrabble, mahjong.... etc.
The Games and Hobbies section where visitors tried out the latest games and worked up a sweat. Visitors experienced the thrill of playing top-selling, mind stimulating computer games such as Nintendo Wii and the DS handheld console.
Paro the therapeutic robot seal provides 3 types of effects: relaxing and instigates communication in patients and caregivers.
Moods of children and elderly can be improved by interaction with Paro. It has tactile sensors and responds to petting by moving its tail and opening and closing its eyes. It also responds to sounds and can learn a name. It can show emotions such as surprise, happiness and anger. It produces sounds similar to a real baby seal and (unlike a real baby seal) is active during the day and goes to sleep at night. It costs US$4,000. :P
Making our homes more age-friendly prevents mishaps from occurring. A sink that you can adjust its height. Shower seat in the bathroom so you can sit down when you bathe. Choosing the right furnishings and making minor modifications to the interior design will go a long way towards helping the elderly live more comfortably.
I pick up lots of practical tips from this exhibition. I'm making plans for my golden years. As the saying goes, "if you fail to plan, you plan to fail". I hope to be independent, active and still be able to travel in my old age.