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16 January 2014
MSIG awards research grants on senior citizen welfare
Singapore, January 16, 2014 – Leading regional general insurance company, MSIG and its affiliated non-profit organization, Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Welfare Foundation (herein after “MSIWF”) awarded 3 grants of up to S$10,000 each at its 7th Award Grant Ceremony held at the Copthorne King’s Hotel today.

This year, grants were presented for the following research which aims to enhance the quality of life for senior citizens.

1. The development of low-cost outpatient hand rehabilitation solutions for the elderly post-injury/ stroke (National University of Singapore)
Applying ethnographic study principle and Design Thinking methodology, Dr Andi Sudjana Putra from NUS hopes to develop and test the efficacy of low-cost daily-use outpatient rehabilitation solutions for the elderly recovering from stroke/ injury. The research investigates the efficacy of such solutions through hospital observation and clinical trials.

2. Measuring and collecting hand strength data which will be useful in the designing of assistive devices – A novel approach (Singapore General Hospital)
Adults 70 years and above are more likely to face difficulties performing daily task like opening jars and turning door knobs as hand strength diminishes with age and disease. Dr Vincent Tay from SGH hopes that by measuring and collecting normative data for concurrent grip-torque and pinch-torque hand strength of older adults, his research will yield results that can contribute to better assistive devices to enhance the life quality of older adults.

3. Using a mobile application to provide caregivers of dementia patients with psycho-educational intervention support - A randomized controlled trial (Singapore General Hospital)
Studies have shown the correlation of caregiver dist