Founder's Blog: Janice Chia 
  • I am often asked why a young person like myself would want to start ASPIRE55? When I first brought up the idea and brainstormed it with fellow co-founder, Yiing Ching (YC), we talked about it with our family members in mind. How would they age, where would they live, what type of activities and services they would need if they were to continue living in their own homes. As such, ASPIRE55 has been and will always be a family oriented village, where we bring our families and friends together, and we welcome new members into the ASPIRE55 family.
    Grandma, then at 80 years old has always been one of my biggest inspirations for my focus on the ageing sector. When I brought her on a cruise recently, she was walking stronger and more steadily than people over 10 years younger than her. Since a year ago, she has been regularly introduced to different activities and new friends. She works out twice a week and she loves chatting with younger friends. When she goes to the park downstairs, she loves practicing English with our Caucasian neighbors.  Something I have learnt is that simply telling our loved ones to go out, go exercise, go make new friends, go take up a new course, does not work. If you care about your them, take the time to accompany them through the first step. Many of our members first visit to our club is accompanied by their friends or family members. Sometimes, all they need is just a little encouragement and support from us when we are trying to get them to try something new.
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  • 25 Feb 2015 12:01 AM | Anonymous


    "Services focused on tracking health will be able to use the Watch interface to display relevant, up-to-the-minute statistics in a way that’s more convenient than on a smartphone, or on a monitoring device’s screen. It will do this using the processing power of your iPhone, rather than a mobile chip onboard the watch itself, and updates will be sent to the watch wirelessly." - http://www.wired.com/2015/02/apple-watch-apps/

  • 05 Jan 2015 8:20 PM | Anonymous

    80,000 people in SG will have Dementia by 2030. I went to visit De Hogeweyk two months ago in Amsterdam. its a wonderful environment that is very costly to build and operate, but the people living there are happy and the staff are happy and they attract a regular stream of committed volunteers. The benefits come in terms of reduced medications, lower staff turnover, lesser incidences of aggressive behaviors associated with living with Dementia. Whilst the first instincts of a lot of people is that such a facility is too expensive to built and it can't be done, maybe we just need to open our minds a little more, and explore what can be done. Just because we have built health and aged care facilities in a certain way in the last 100 years, doesn't mean we have to continue building them that way in future. We often don't think about such issues until our loved ones are put in that situation. For someone living with Dementia, their reality and ours is different, and what makes they happy is just what De Hogeweyk has achieved. I met with the founders, and for them and all their staff, seeing their loved ones cared for in such an environment brings such relief and comfort. Its a home where they would feel assured to have their loved ones living there. Pic attached was taken with one of the clients who lives there, she volunteers with pushing the lolly trolley every afternoon accompanied with a volunteer. Free lollies, most importantly, smiles all around from fellow neighbours and staff. If happiness was a KPI, perhaps the aged care world would be a little different.

  • 31 Dec 2014 7:58 AM | Anonymous


    I am often asked why a young person like myself would want to start ASPIRE55? When I first brought up the idea and brainstormed it with fellow co-founder, Yiing Ching (YC), we talked about it with our family members in mind. How would they age, where would they live, what type of activities and services they would need if they were to continue living in their own homes. As such, ASPIRE55 has been and will always be a family oriented village, where we bring our families and friends together, and we welcome new members into the ASPIRE55 family.

    Grandma at 82 years old has always been one of my biggest inspirations for my focus on the ageing sector. When I brought her on a cruise recently, she was walking stronger and more steadily than people over 10 years younger than her. Since a year ago, she has been regularly introduced to different activities and new friends. She works out twice a week and she loves chatting with younger friends. When she goes to the park downstairs, she loves practicing English with our Caucasian neighbors.  Something I have learnt is that simply telling our loved ones to go out, go exercise, go make new friends, go take up a new course, does not work. If you care about your them, take the time to accompany them through the first step. Many of our members first visit to our club is accompanied by their friends or family members. Sometimes, all they need is just a little encouragement and support from us when we are trying to get them to try something new.

  • 06 Dec 2014 6:57 PM | Anonymous

    ASPIRE55 is pleased to provide twice weekly workout sessions for active 80+ seniors in Singapore with transport services. Each 90 minute session includes small group (6:1) strength training, stretching, and brain gym activities post workout. Tea and coffee refreshments and biscuits are also provided. Pick up and drop off available from your door stop.


  • 06 Dec 2014 3:51 PM | Anonymous
  • 05 Sep 2014 5:34 PM | Anonymous

    Sometimes as we get older, it gets a little harder to drive at night, or, perhaps you need some assistance heading to a hospital for a check up or operation. Our village driver offers the added reliability of someone waiting to pick you up at an appointed time at the location of your choice. 


  • 05 Sep 2014 5:30 PM | Anonymous

    Simon suggested a trip up to a Kelong in Kukup. A bus would pick members from Singapore to drive up to Kukup for a seafood dining and fun experience in a kelong. Kukup is a small fishing village located in the district of Pontian, Johor, on the Strait of Malacca in Malaysia. We could head up for a 3 day 2 night trip or a 2 day 1 night trip. We can head up in Nov / Dec this year. Anyone interested can email janice@aspire55.com 

  • 10 Jun 2014 1:39 PM | Anonymous

    Maternal grandma has been working out twice a week for the past 3 months, so proud of her. Its nice that see her carrying her walking stick versus using it now. In a way, my wellbeing innovation lab at one commonwealth is inspired by her, i wanted to create a friendly homelike environment that makes older people more comfortable with the equipment, plus she loves the kitchen concept with the communal table. Good chance for me to buy kueh kueh when she comes over too. Kinda reminds me of the past when our family used to gather at each other's houses with the elders gambling and having a big makan session every weekend. I miss that.

  • 05 Jun 2014 9:05 PM | Anonymous

    60 minute strength training trials this weekend on the world's most advanced smart card exercise equipment circuit from Finland. Book a slot to use the Wellbeing Innovation Lab. Try it here at our no sweat, no shoes bare foot gym (Saturday 230pm - 330pm) Only 9 slots available - Contact sandy@aspire55.com

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