We thank Dr Chey Chor Khoon ("VWOs have a role in eldercare") and Dr Lee Siew Peng ("Get moving on helping people age well"; both published last Sunday) for their views on ageing well in Singapore, and we agree that we need to take a holistic view on this issue.
The Ministerial Committee on Ageing has launched a $3 billion Action Plan for Successful Ageing that covers more than 70 initiatives across 12 areas - spanning from employment and learning to transport and housing - as a coordinated whole-of-society approach to prepare for a rapidly ageing Singapore.
With initiatives at the individual, community and city levels, the action plan has clear programmes and specific targets to help the elderly lead healthy and active lives.
Under the action plan, we are promoting community befriending programmes, as mentioned by Dr Chey.
More information can be found on www.successful-ageing.sg
At the same time, we have continued to improve and evolve aged care services.
For instance, we are co-locating and integrating residential, day care and home care services, so as to serve our seniors holistically.
In particular, we are focusing on enhancing home and day care, as well as building Active Ageing Hubs in new HDB developments, to enable seniors to age with dignity in their own homes.
We are forming partnerships with agencies and voluntary welfare organisations to promote active ageing and enhance aged care in many communities.
We encourage more Singaporeans to partner us to make Singapore a nation for all ages.
Lim Bee Khim (Ms)
Ministry of Health