“Find Your Way” is an initiative to help persons living with dementia find their way around our bus interchanges and MRT stations with greater ease and confidence. Nostalgic murals of yesteryears are used to aid wayfinding as studies have shown that reminiscence can stimulate parts of the brain that deal with long-term memory and cognition and this was how the initiative came about.
The first of its kind in our local public transport nodes, “Find Your Way” involves segmenting the respective bus interchanges and MRT stations into distinct zones with each represented by an image of a different coloured nostalgic item. This is complemented by colour-coded directional floor stickers with corresponding images that point the way to the respective boarding berths or station exits. “Find Your Way” will progressively be extended to other bus interchanges and MRT stations frequented by elderly passengers. Find out more about the colourful murals at our existing roll-out locations.
Find Your Way is a collaborative effort between SBS Transit and Dementia Singapore.
Murals of childhood games reminiscent of yesteryears were selected for Toa Payoh Interchange in careful consultation with Dementia Singapore.
Berth A1 to A4: Purple Five Stones
Five stones is a traditional game popular with children in the kampong days.
Berth A5 to A10: Orange Chaptek
Chaptek is played by kicking the feathered shuttlecock to keep it in the air for as long as possible.
Berth A11 to A14: Pink Traditional Paper Ball
The traditional paper ball is light and easy to inflate, a fun game to pass time with friends.
Berth B1 and B2: Blue Marbles
Another popular game in the olden days, it is played by throwing one’s marble into a drawn circle on the ground to displace an opponent’s marbles.
Berth B3 and B4: Green Fishnet
Known as longkang fishing, children will visit canals and streams to catch small fishes in the kampong days.
Everyday items of yesteryears associated with the landmarks of each exit were chosen for the murals at Chinatown MRT Station.
Exit A: Red Lantern
The red lantern reminds the elderly of traditional shophouses at Pagoda Street decorated with red lanterns.
Exit C: Blue Plastic Carrier Bag
The blue plastic carrier bag is associated with shopping at People’s Park Complex and OG Building.
Exit D: Green Rotary Telephone
A rotary telephone represents the shops at People’s Park Centre in the olden days.
Exit E: Brown Cylindrical Bamboo Basket
The brown cylindrical bamboo basket, customary to Chinese weddings, reminds elderly of the shops selling bridal biscuits.
Exit F: Yellow Enamelled Tiffin Carrier
The yellow enamelled tiffin carrier, also known as ‘Tingkat’, was chosen in view of the hawker stalls in the vicinity.
Exit G: Brown Cylindrical Bamboo Basket
The brown cylindrical bamboo basket, customary to Chinese weddings, reminds the elderly of the shops selling bridal biscuits.