More Seniors to Benefit from Functional Screening

Seniors getting their teeth and gums checked at the launch of the Project Silver Screen programme

In a landmark collaboration with Temasek Foundation Cares, Singapore’s business community, and the Ministry of Health, citizens above the age of 60 will now be able to check on their hearing, eyesight and oral health at affordable rates. Underpinned by a contribution of $35 million from Temasek Foundation Cares and 11 corporate donors, Pioneer Generation citizens will enjoy these screenings free-of-charge, while Community Health Assist Scheme (CHAS) card holders and all other eligible citizens pay $2 and $5 respectively.

Called Project Silver Screen, the programme was launched at Kampung Admiralty on September 19th, during which 200 people from the vicinity took part. Project Silver Screen has since been rolled out at various convenient locations island-wide, including Community Centres/Clubs, Senior Activity Centres, and Residents’ Committee Centres.

Besides the subsidy, senior citizens who require aids such as spectacles, hearing aids and dentures will also receive vouchers of up to $200. This will further reduce out-of-pocket costs for them, over and above existing government subsidies, regardless of household income.

Madam Morais Mary Bernadette, 78, who went for the functional screening, told The Straits Times: “I never knew I had vision issues. During the screening, I could not read the eye chart clearly.” Post screening, she paid $5 for a pair of glasses.

Project Silver Screen is an important new initiative that ensures the wellbeing of senior citizens in our society. It is the first of its kind to encourage corporate and public participation alongside Temasek’s endowment funds. According to Mr. Neo Kah Kiat, chief executive of Neo Group, one of the corporate donors of the programme, “It is important that we build a caring and cohesive society where no one is left behind, especially the silver generation that had given their best years to build the present Singapore”

Should the public wish to contribute to this cause, they may do so at https://www.temasekgives.sg

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FIND OUT MORE…

About Project Silver Screen

• Who is Eligible?
Singaporeans aged 60 and above

• How Much Does It Cost?
S$0 for Pioneer Generation, S$2 for CHAS cardholders, S$5 for eligible Singapore citizens

• What to Bring?
Patients should bring their identification card, Pioneer Generation card and CHAS card if any

• How to Register
Call the Singapore Silver Line at 1800 650 6060

For more information on Project Silver Screen and the schedule of screening sessions, visit www.projectsilverscreen.sg or call the Singapore Silver Line at 1800 650 6060.

Did you know…

The pilot phase of Project Silver Screen found that many senior citizens were unaware that they had issues with their vision, hearing and oral health before attending the functional screening. Of those who had attended, about 1 in 2 seniors had issues with their vision, and about 1 in 3 were assessed to have dental problems. In addition, 7 in 10 seniors were found to have some form of hearing loss. Of these, about 4 in 10 were under the impression that they had good hearing.

About Temasek Foundation Cares

Temasek Foundation Cares is one of the six non-profit philanthropic organisations set up by Temasek and sponsored through Temasek Trust.

Temasek Foundation Cares funds and supports meaningful and innovative community-based programmes for the benefit of Singaporeans. It aims to contribute to the well-being, dignity and livelihood of needy individuals, families and communities by building people, building communities, building capabilities and rebuilding lives.