Promoting Intergenerational Harmony

To build a more inclusive society that values seniors, we need to bridge the generation gap
and help both young and old to better understand one another.
How are we going about this?

  • The Proximity Housing Grant (PHG) has been enhanced to encourage Singaporean families to live closer together for mutual care and support.

    Families buying a resale HDB flat with or near their parents or married child receive a PHG of $30,000. Singles buying a resale flat to live with their parents also get a $15,000 grant. Also, the current distance criterion will be doubled to "within 4km".

  • The Housing & Development Board (HDB), the Ministry of Health (MOH) and the Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA) will plan for eldercare and childcare facilities to be co-located in some 10 new HDB housing developments.

    By co-locating the facilities and experimenting with shared spaces, we can create more opportunities for intergenerational bonding. MOH will also encourage existing operators of eldercare facilities to introduce innovative programmes that allow the young and old to interact.

  • Students will learn more about issues related to ageing as part of the school curriculum.

    The Ministry of Health is working with the Ministry of Education to incorporate ageing-related issues as part of the national school curriculum to instill in our young the importance of care and respect for seniors.

Through subjects like photography, social media and ukulele, students from the primary to polytechnic levels have been engaging seniors as part of the Intergenerational Learning Programme (ILP).

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