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Health care and housing top concerns for elderly Singaporeans

Published on Dec 16, 2012 9:58 PM
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong is the guest of honour at the Active Agers Carnival, organized by the Ang Mo Kio GRC's & Sengkang West SMC's Active Ageing Committees (AAC) at Ang Mo Kio Public Library. Mr Lee also attended group discussions with senior citizens for the Singapore conversation, followed by a visit to the nearby hawker centre at Blk 724 Ang Mo Kio Ave 6. -- ST PHOTO: SEAH KWANG PENG

Health care and housing were at the top of the minds of elderly Singaporeans at four national conversation sessions held in Ang Mo Kio on Sunday morning.

With Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in attendance, the participants took the opportunity to air their concerns and share their ideals with him. For many, affordability of health care and housing was what they most wanted to talk about.

In response, Mr Lee gave his assurance that the Government was building more health-care facilities, and training doctors and nurses to keep up with the growing demand. He said that they were also building more homes and will continue to invest in them so future generations can have good homes.

The different sessions were being held in conjunction with the Ang Mo Kio GRC and Sengkang West SMC Active Agers Carnival, but there were questions from young participants as well.

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