The Straits Times
Published on Dec 05, 2012

Ideas on active ageing emerge at seniors dialogue


A People's Association dialogue on Tuesday evening surfaced ideas on how to fulfil the growing demands of an increasingly educated generation of Singaporeans who are growing old.

One was to provide more educational opportunities and greater community support to meet their social and emotional needs. Another was to keep healthcare and housing costs affordable, and give them more flexibility in the use of Central Provident Fund and Medisave monies.

And on their part, Singaporeans could also prepare for old age earlier by staying healthy and keeping their finances in order, said the 60 participants attending the dialogue focusing on active ageing. The session was part of PA's contribution to the ongoing national conversation consultation exercise.

Made up of grassroots leaders in their 50s and 60s, the participants also tapped on their experience working with elderly Singaporeans in their districts to give their feedback on current policies and programmes, and highlight what they saw as weaknesses. One of them, for instance, related how health screening services for elderly residents were often duplicated by several agencies, leading to some senior citizens going for unnecessary additional tests.