Embrace 2024: Gerontology and Active Aging

July 01, 2024

Embrace 2024: Gerontology and Active Aging

Understanding the Need for Gerontology and Active Aging in Singapore

Singapore is experiencing a significant demographic shift. As Singapore’s population ages, the importance of gerontology and active aging becomes increasingly critical. With life expectancy on the rise and a significant portion of the population entering their senior years, the need for comprehensive understanding and effective strategies to support healthy and active aging is more pressing than ever. By 2030, nearly one in four Singaporeans will be aged 65 and above. This “silver surge” presents both challenges and opportunities for healthcare professionals and society at large​. The increasing number of older adults requires specialized knowledge and skills to support healthy and active aging, which is where the field of gerontology and active aging comes in.

Singapore’s Initiatives in Active Aging

The Singapore government has launched several initiatives between 2022 and 2024 to promote active aging, with a focus on keeping seniors healthy, engaged, and independent within the community. Being proactive in promoting active aging through various programs and initiatives, here are some examples:

  • Live Well, Age Well Programme: Launched in 2023, this program targets people aged 50 and above and offers activities like group exercise sessions and mental well-being workshops. The goal is to reach 550,000 participants over the next five years.
  • Age Well SG Initiative: This national program, announced in 2023 with a budget of S$3.5 billion over ten years, aims to support seniors in aging actively, staying connected socially, and receiving care within their communities. Initiatives include expanding Active Ageing Centres (AACs) and providing “silver upgrades” to estates with features like therapeutic gardens and senior-friendly home fittings.
  • Expanding Active Ageing Centres: The government is committed to increasing the number of AACs from 157 in 2023 to 220 by 2025. These centres offer a variety of programs, from physical exercise to volunteering opportunities, to help seniors stay active and engaged.
  • The Merdeka Generation Package: Offers a comprehensive healthcare benefits package for Singaporeans born before 1958.

These initiatives highlight the Singapore government’s multi-pronged approach to promoting active aging. By focusing on physical and mental well-being, social connection, and accessible infrastructure, they aim to empower seniors to live fulfilling lives as they age.

The Role of Education in Gerontology and Active Aging at Aventis

  1. Comprehensive Curriculum: Our program covers four key modules—Health Psychology, Advanced Care Planning and End-of-Life Issues, Sociology of Health and Social Care, and Healthcare Operations Management. These modules provide a holistic understanding of aging from a healthcare and societal perspective.
  2. Flexible Learning: The program is 100% online, allowing working professionals to balance their studies with other commitments. The coursework is designed to be practical and applicable to real-world scenarios​.
  3. High Demand for Professionals: With the growing aging population, there is an increasing demand for qualified professionals in gerontology and active aging. This program opens doors to various career paths, including roles in healthcare, social work, and policy advocacy.
  4. Make a Difference: A career in gerontology and active aging is not just about job security; it’s about making a meaningful impact in the lives of older adults. You will have the opportunity to contribute to their well-being and support their journey towards active aging.

Our Graduate Diploma in Gerontology and Active Aging programme: 

  •  6 months part-time
  •  100% Online via Zoom
  •   4 Core modules covered:
  1. Health Psychology
  2. Advanced Care Planning and End-of-Life Issues
  3. Sociology of Health and Social Care
  4. Healthcare Operations Management


As Singapore continues to navigate the challenges of an aging population, the need for skilled professionals in gerontology and active aging is more important than ever. By enrolling in our Graduate Diploma in Gerontology and Active Aging, you can make a meaningful impact on the lives of seniors, contributing to a society where everyone can age with dignity, health, and happiness.

Join us in this vital mission and be part of the solution to one of the most pressing issues of our time.

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