Similar to other countries around the world, the elderly in Singapore face challenges when it comes to embracing technology. However, with the pandemic driving the adoption of health tech for the elderly, there is an opportunity for caregivers to support their senior loved ones in enhancing their digital literacy. By embracing health tech, caregivers can improve their caregiving responsibilities and provide better care for the elderly.

Bridging the Technological Gap:

According to a 2019 survey by the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA), only 58% of residents above 60 years old in Singapore were internet users, compared to 89% for all residents. This highlights the need to bridge the technological gap for the elderly. The IMDA recognised this challenge and launched the Seniors Go Digital initiative in May 2020, aiming to equip the elderly with digital literacy skills.

Caregivers as Digital Mentors

As caregivers, we have the opportunity to play a crucial role in helping the elderly adopt health tech. By becoming digital mentors, we can guide our senior loved ones through the process of learning and using digital tools. We can patiently teach them how to engage in video calls for communication, access government digital services, make e-payments, and perform internet banking.

Enhancing Elderly Care with Health Tech

Adopting health tech can significantly enhance elderly care and lighten the caregiving load. With the help of wearable devices and health monitoring apps, caregivers can keep track of their senior loved ones’ vital signs and health conditions remotely. This allows for early detection of potential issues, prompt medical intervention, and peace of mind for both caregivers and seniors.

Improving Communication and Social Connections

Health tech also enables improved communication and social connections for the elderly. Through video calls and messaging apps, seniors can stay connected with their families, friends, and support networks. Caregivers can encourage and facilitate these interactions, combating feelings of isolation and improving the overall well-being of the seniors they care for.

Empowering Independence and Safety

Health tech empowers seniors to maintain their independence and safety. With smart home devices and assistive technologies, caregivers can create a safe living environment that allows seniors to navigate their homes with ease. From automated lighting to voice-activated assistants, these technologies promote independence and provide an added layer of security.

Supporting Each Other

As caregivers, we should come together to share our experiences and knowledge about health tech adoption for the elderly. By forming support networks and online communities, we can exchange valuable insights, tips, and success stories. This collective support system helps us navigate the challenges and uncertainties, fostering a sense of empowerment and solidarity.

On 20th May 2023, Mdm Rahayu Mahzam, Senior Parliamentary Secretary of the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Law, graced the caregiver appreciation event held at Home Nursing Foundation’s Wellness Club in Buangkok. This heartfelt event aimed to express gratitude towards caregivers and shed light on the valuable resources available to them.

During the event, Mdm Rahayu Mahzam also shared about the recently launched campaign by AIC, titled ‘We See You Care’. This campaign, a caregiving appreciation initiative, collaborates with esteemed partners such as Caregivers Alliance Limited, Dementia Singapore, Home Nursing Foundation, St Luke’s Hospital – Singapore, Ocean Health, and SG Assist. Through this collective effort, we hope to shine a spotlight on caregivers, acknowledge the crucial role they play in supporting their loved ones at home, and inform them about the available support. Let’s come together, seek help, and empower one another through the ‘We See You Care’ campaign.


The pandemic has accelerated the adoption of health tech for the elderly, presenting an opportunity for caregivers to enhance elderly care. By embracing technology and supporting our senior loved ones in becoming digitally literate, we can improve the caregiving responsibilities and provide better care. Let’s empower each other, bridge the technological gap, and create a brighter future for our elderly loved ones through the adoption of health tech.

At SG Assist, we understand that caregiving can be a challenging and overwhelming experience. That’s why we provide resources and support for seniors, people with disabilities, and caregivers alike. Whether you’re in need of care services or looking to volunteer at our Caregiver Resource Centre, we’re here to help you make a difference in the lives of others. Visit our websites at SG Assist and CareConnect or sign up for our newsletter here today to learn more.