S'pore Flat Paints Ang Ku Kuih, Kuih Lapis & More To Help The Elderly Find Their Way Home

The murals are part of an initiative to build dementia-friendly communities.

Cover image via Joyce Sim (Facebook)

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While taking a morning walk around her neighbourhood, a woman discovered beautiful murals of nostalgic items on the walls of Ang Mo Kio Avenue 4, a Housing and Development Board (HDB) estate in Singapore

The murals feature familiar, retro items such as White Rabbit candy, ang ku kuih, kuih lapis, satay, the iconic rooster bowl and kopi cup, painted tiffin carriers, tang yuan, and other age-old designs.

After spotting these murals, she shared pictures of the artwork to a Facebook group, Singapore Hikers. The post has since received 1,100 likes at the time of writing.

In her post, she explains that these murals are part of a wayfinding project to aid persons living with dementia and the elderly in recognising their surroundings

The murals are strategically painted on the HDB void deck walls with their respective block numbers. Since most of the blocks look the same, the artwork is large and distinguishable so people can easily spot them from afar and identify their blocks.

The murals were painted in 2020 as part of an initiative by Singapore's Alzheimer's Disease Association (ADA) to build dementia-friendly communities

For the elderly, these classic items may spark memories, which helps them identify their surroundings. These eye-catching murals serve as visual markers to guide the elderly and persons with dementia or Alzheimer's to navigate around the neighbourhood.

You can check out ADA's website or  Facebook page to find out more about their upcoming projects and initiatives.

Most Malaysians can recognise these iconic and nostalgic items from their childhood:

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