Working to ignite kampung spirit: New ideas tested at first retirement village to help residents socialise

New ideas are being tested at Singapore's first retirement village to help residents socialise

Residents share what it's like to live in Kampung Admiralty, Singapore's first retirement village. A second vertical 'kampung' for seniors will be built next to Yew Tee MRT by 2026.
Volunteers cooking at Kampung Admiralty’s active ageing hub. Run by NTUC Health, the hub waives membership fees for participants who volunteer at least three hours a week.
Volunteers cooking at Kampung Admiralty’s active ageing hub. Run by NTUC Health, the hub waives membership fees for participants who volunteer at least three hours a week. ST PHOTOS: TIMOTHY DAVID
Kampung Admiralty’s residential block is connected to the active ageing hub.
Kampung Admiralty’s residential block is connected to the active ageing hub.ST PHOTOS: TIMOTHY DAVID
Kampung Admiralty resident Asnah Daud, 70, with some of the woven bags that she makes from recycled materials.
Kampung Admiralty resident Asnah Daud, 70, with some of the woven bags that she makes from recycled materials.ST PHOTOS: TIMOTHY DAVID

When a fire broke out in a storeroom at retirement complex Kampung Admiralty in December, its "kampung spirit" was tested.

As the fire alarm sounded at lunchtime, some 260 people had to be evacuated - including children from a childcare centre on the sixth floor and seniors from a daycare centre on the seventh floor.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 05, 2019, with the headline 'Working to ignite a kampung spirit'. Print Edition | Subscribe