NUS students help seniors age well at home
The Straits Time reported on the Community Health Angels Mentoring Programme (CHAMP), formed through a collaboration between NUS and charity Montfort Care’s @27 Family Service Centre. Headed by Dr YAP Kai Zhen from the Department of Pharmacy, the programme includes letting Pharmacy students apply what they have learnt to real-life situations, and for them to understand the needs of seniors better. The Pharmacy students drop in on elderly Telok Blangah residents who have been identified by social workers as struggling to manage their chronic illnesses. Teaching seniors how to manage their medical conditions properly will, in turn, reduce the strain on hospitals and long-term care services. The students also free up social workers to focus on other areas, such as finances and depression. The programme started with nine students and has now trained 80 in total.
Source : The Straits Times (Monday, 20 March 2017)