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Think positive when it comes to ageing: Experts

Society must change mindset on seniors' ability to contribute, they say

Published on Mar 22, 2014 8:23 AM
 
The proportion of Singapore residents aged 65 and above crossed the 10 per cent mark for the first time last year, rising from 9.9 per cent in 2012 to 11 per cent in 2013. -- BT FILE FHOTO

Growing old should be something to look forward to, say politicians and experts on ageing, as they called for an uplift to the generally negative image of ageing.

Much of the push comes from the very top.

Last week in Parliament, Health Minister Gan Kim Yong stressed the importance of ageing well.

Reiterating the point at a public forum on Thursday evening, Mr Gan said: "Ageing is not necessarily a negative thing, and it is important for us to think about ageing positively."

 
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HAVING DIGNITY

It's about having self-esteem and dignity. The degree of independence and autonomy is very important.

- Ms Helen Lim, of social enterprise Silver Spring