If you could remember, I documented some street art in Singapore which they have a noble cause in themselves, i.e. the Wayfinding Project at Ang Mo Kio Avenue 4 in 2020 and at Yishun in 2021 for seniors with dementia.
Today I am going to introduce another new wayfinding project. These murals are located at Toa Payoh bus interchange. They are part of an initiative by Dementia Singapore and SBS transit to make more dementia-friendly bus interchanges and MRT stations.
The bus interchange is segmented into five unique zones as a mural of a childhood game or activity represents each zone. These colour-coded images would make it easier for seniors with dementia to find their way home, as explained in all my previous blog posts. Nostalgic images could help to tap on memories to stimulate parts of the brain. This also aids in long-term memory and cognition.
There are also directional floor stickers, so that if the elderly want to board a particular bus service, they just have to follow the directional arrows, which show the mural picture to lead the person directly to the boarding berth. Hopefully, this would allow seniors with dementia to feel less anxious when trying hard to remember their routes back home. The five colourful murals are:
1. Blue Marbles
The game of marbles is a timeless classic for many people from all over the world. It is typically played on sand, but actually any flat surface will do.
2. Green Fishnet
This mural in green features another old school childhood game of Singapore which is known as Longkang Fishing that dates back to the 1960s.
3. Pink Traditional Paper Ball
Paper balls are an iconic feature of Singaporean childhoods — you could buy them for cheap at the school bookshop and it provided hours of entertainment.
4. Orange Chaptek
A chaptek which is a shuttlecock made out of feathers is used. Capteh used to be a friendly game for many people who just simply compete with friends in school or at HDB void decks to see who could keeping the chaptek in the air the longest.
5. Purple Five Stones
The game of 5 stones is one of the popular and old school childhood games played during the “kampong days”. Five stones can be played by two or more players.
Have you played any of these old school games? Do you have any memories attached to these games or similar games? I find it nostalgic to see such old school memories in these murals at Toa Payoh bus interchange. According to SBS Transit, “Find My Way” will progressively be extended to another three bus interchanges. This includes Ang Mo Kio, Boon Lay, and Hougang Central bus interchanges. Five MRT stations, Chinatown, Boon Keng, Kovan, Mattar, and Geylang Bahru will also join the initiative. SBS Transit explained that these locations are frequent by elderly passengers. Hope all these initiatives will be successful that could help seniors with dementia !
Check it out the other wayfinding project for dementia friendly community in Ang Mo Kio and Yishun which I have photo-documented previously: