Experts discuss issues to make Singapore more elder-friendly
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.