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Experts discuss issues to make Singapore more elder-friendly

Published on Oct 10, 2012 6:00 AM
 
Retirement villages; letting the elderly rent out part or all of their HDB flats; and getting them to be aware and to take care of their chronic medical conditions were among suggestions made on Tuesday by experts in the field. -- ST FILE PHOTO: DESMOND WEE

Retirement villages; letting the elderly rent out part or all of their HDB flats; and getting them to be aware and to take care of their chronic medical conditions were among suggestions made on Tuesday by experts in the field.

They were participating in a round-table discussion on "Ageing-in-place: How prepared are we?" held at the National University of Singapore.

Associate Professor Chia Ngee Choon urged the Government to allow the elderly to sublet part or all of their flats. Rents from two-room flats, for instance, can add about $1,293 a month to their wallets.

However, Associate Professor Paulin Straughan preferred giving the elderly the option of moving into retirement villages, a concept which is popular in Australia.

 
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VALUES AND BELIEFS

What underpins our conversations must be a set of values and beliefs about the kind of society which our seniors, and in fact we ourselves in the future, will live in.

- Dr Amy Khor, Minister of State for Health and Manpower