Key themes and initiatives

A Snapshot of a Successfully Ageing Singapore

Opportunities for All Ages – Longevity is Opportunity

Seniors will have opportunities to continue working, learning and growing as they enjoy many more years of healthy life.

Lifelong Employability

  • The re-employment age was raised from 65 to 67 in 2017, to enable workers to work longer if they are willing and able to, with the possibility of further increases in the future as our population ages.

Health and Wellness

  • A National Seniors’ Health Programme that will reach over 400,000 older adults.

  • A workplace health programme that will impact 120,000 mature workers aged 40 and above.

Senior Learning

  • A National Silver Academy that will eventually provide some 30,000 learning places for seniors to pursue their interests.

  • We aim to have 100 schools and Voluntary Welfare Organisations (VWOs)/community organisations to come on board the Intergenerational Learning Programme.

Senior Volunteerism

  • We aim to recruit an additional 50,000 senior volunteers

Kampong for All Ages – Cohesive Home with Intergenerational Harmony

Singapore must be a cohesive community where seniors can age actively and happily. We should try to ensure that our seniors do not feel lonely or are socially isolated.

Community Befriending

  • Expand home visitation programmes in at least 50 neighbourhoods to keep social isolation and poor health at bay among vulnerable seniors.

Inter-generational harmony

  • Co-locate eldercare and childcare facilities in some 10 new Housing & Development Board (HDB) housing developments.

City for All Ages – Live Well and Age Confidently in Place

We want to transform Singapore into an age-friendly city where Singaporeans can age-in-place gracefully and confidently.

Aged Care

Between 2015 and 2020, the Ministry of Health will:

  • More than double the number of Community Hospital beds.

  • Increase nursing home capacity by more than 50%.

  • Increase home and community care places by 50% and 100% respectively.

Active Ageing and Assisted Living

  • The Ministry of Health has planned another 40 day centres for seniors by 2020. About a quarter of these centres will be large Active Ageing Hubs in housing developments, providing active ageing and assisted living services to seniors.


The Land Transport Authority will:

  • Implement 35 Silver Zones by 2020.

  • Double the number of Green Man Plus traffic lights from the current 500 to 1,000 by end-2018.

  • Install lifts at an additional 41 Pedestrian Overhead Bridges by 2018.

  • Replace all buses with wheelchair-accessible ones by 2020.


  • The National Research Foundation will set aside up to $200 million for a National Innovation Challenge on Active and Confident Ageing to catalyse research related to ageing.