Singapore emphasizes training and R&D in elderly health coaching

A key area of ​​research is the use of artificial intelligence in technological applications to improve the quality of life of older people.

Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) and social service agency Lions Befrienders (LB) will work together to leverage NTU’s expertise in active aging research and continuing education to develop coaching programs and courses that help improve and transform the lives of older people in Singapore.

More than 600 LB employees and volunteers will be trained in health coaching as part of this new collaboration with NTU. NTU’s efforts in this training and research partnership are led by its Aging Research Institute for Society and Education (ARISE).

This collaboration, the first of its kind between ARISE and the social services sector, aims to build a pool of health coaches trained within the agency who will be equipped to empower and work with seniors to co-create solutions and guide to a healthier life. life in various aspects such as nutrition, fitness, relationships and finding a purpose in life.

A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) has been signed. The 2.5-year agreement includes a training program for the health support of the elderly, as well as the research and co-development of short courses specially adapted for the elderly. LB staff and volunteers will complete the Health Coaching for Older Adults, 2 course which is developed by ARISE and offered by [email protected], the lifelong learning arm of the University. NTU ARISE and LB will also collaborate on research that examines the effectiveness of health coaching for better care of the elderly.