In 2015, ACCESS Health Singapore partnered with the Alexandra Health System to pilot the Stay Young Navigator program in the north of Singapore. The program trains active seniors to help their peers manage chronic conditions through their role as liaisons for health services, community resources, and financial assistance programs.
This report describes the Stay Young Navigator focus group study, which was designed to explore the experiences and perceptions of older patients with chronic conditions; those involved in caring for them, namely family members and healthcare providers; and others who would be involved in delivering the Stay Young Navigator program, such as potential employers and those interested in becoming navigators themselves.
The findings from this study suggest that there is interest among older adults with stable chronic diseases in having access to a knowledgeable peer who can help them manage their conditions. *Participants see this person acting in four key roles: a liaison between healthcare providers and clients, able to address a client’s health concerns outside of formal office visits; an educator who provides tailored health and lifestyle information concerning diet, exercise, and chronic disease management; a social coordinator who facilitates activities that connect clients with shared health conditions or aging challenges so they can share their experiences in support of one another; and a navigator who will direct clients to relevant resources in healthcare, social services, and community supports.
*Participants see this person as a resource to address a client’s health concerns outside of formal office visits, an educator who provides tailored health and lifestyle information, a social coordinator who connects clients who have shared health conditions, and a navigator who direct clients to relevant community resources.