Monday, January 14, 2008

Silver Industry Conference and Exhibition 2008 (SICEX)

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,
- technology.

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.


Weekend Snapshot

37 comments:

  1. This is fascinating stuff, Natalie. God bless.

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  2. I love going to expos. You get to see and learn a lot of things. The last photo is really fascinating. Happy WS.

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  3. Great shots! I'm sure you have learned a lot from the exhibition. Have a great week ahead.

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  4. What a fun expo...I haven't been to any kind of expo in ages.

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  5. wah.. very useful neh...

    so... what's your plan? share share...

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  6. That's a very interesting post. I agree with you about planning. I've helped older family members at the end of their lives and some of the little things make a big difference. I know my throw rugs which slide around really need those sticky tabs on the bottom to keep them in place. Even at my age (50), I don't want to fall if I can possibly avoid it.

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  7. eastcoast, why would you go to a product show for the elderly? :) You covered the show very well.

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  8. You know I hate shopping, but I'm sure it would have been fun going there with you :-)

    Btw: Could you do me a favour: I'm nominated for Santa's Blog of the Day. May I ask for a voting hand?

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  9. those seal are pretty neat im sure my youngest will love em..that a very interesting thing to go sometimes..;)

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  10. Paro looked interesting... until I saw the price of it @_@ heehee...

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  11. My angel,
    Want to stay in my retirement village?

    Oh, I forgot. You have already signed up for the ho gui fan resort.

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  12. the teach,
    I have elderly parents-in-law and parents who are weak and sickly. When I was young and able, I didn't realise how vulnerable and helpless we can be when we are old and sick.

    I'm trying to find as much information on products and services for the elderly so I could ease my son and future generation of the burden of caring for me when I'm old and sickly.

    There are indeed lots of services we could provide for the elderly to make their remaining years as enjoyable as possible.

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  13. napaboaniya,
    hehe.... yes. I played with it and it is soooo adorable. But I got a shock when I asked for the price. OMG!

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  14. The adjustable sink and shower seat are pretty cool.
    Nice stuff you have shared this week.
    Thanks for dropping by!

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  15. sounds like you had a very interesting weekend! I love expos and havent been to one in ages!

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  16. Aiyo, the robot pet so expensive leh. Can buy so many dogs, cats, rabbits etc with that price. Hehehe

    Nothing interesting on travel?

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  17. Planning for Golden Years?!!! Hmmm, must put on thinking cap first. Must not spend too much time on FaceBook.

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  18. yeah, would be great to be independent and still be able to travel during the golden years! that's a really interesting exhibition!

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  19. Thanks for sharing all these interesting things you found at the industry exhibition.

    Paro is so cute. The bathroom is fascinating.

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  20. it is a good idea to plan for tomorrow, and take action! that's a really interesting exhibition!

    ps. I love taking shots of people, but I try not to include their faces, if possible. lol. would be interesting to take a shot of you and your hubby being sweet in public! :)
    thanks for the visit!

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  21. I think they should make SG more handicapped friendly. Those motorized wheelchairs with baskets should be made cheaper. I see a lot of seniors in the US become very independent with those motorized wheelchairs. They can even go shopping in the supermarket on their own with the basket. Well, but again...space is limited in SG - so maybe it's hard to move around too :O

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  22. i want to survive until old age..if only i have a guarantee :)

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  23. i agree with liza. expos are very informative plus you get the chance to experience the product itself..
    thanks for sharing!

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  24. been here..wow.. great shots.. hope u could also visit my place and hope we could xlinks...Ü

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  25. wowww---this is such a very humanitarian and a good avenue for social awareness....

    have a great week to you my friend!

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  26. Thats a good goal. Its mine too.
    Those are great and useful stuff.

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  27. The silver market is a huge market. So much innovation can go in there. But I hope there is some kind of check and control with people's hard earned money.

    Okay, I knew I should invest in a Nintendo Wii today ... thanks, you just gave me a valid reason :)

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  28. A very frightening bathroom...I'm terrified of the new age.

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  29. That is interesting and a great help for our elderly and soon for us!

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  30. Thanks for your kindness.

    May you age with grace. =)

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