The Straits Times
Published on Dec 15, 2012

Seniors know seniors better


WE AGREE with Madam Tai Lung Keow ("Regard seniors more positively"; Monday), and wish to expand on her reference to instances of organisations not really having seniors' interests at heart.

Seniors are not being served effectively as the organisations set up to serve them are helmed by "yet-to-be-seniors". The latter are unable to empathise with the seniors they serve.

As a cooperative for seniors, we have had repeated experiences with such organisations and personnel, and found them to be unsympathetic and even patronising.

For example, when we seek funding for outreach activities for seniors, we are told that the Government has ceased funding for seniors' active living initiatives because it is "too late" to help seniors over 60 years of age.

Another variation of the above is that if the over-60s had not exercised before, it is too late to start exercising now.

Or, if they had not saved, it is too late to start trying to build their nest eggs as they are no longer earning any income.

While funding is available to promote healthy living for younger people, the seniors are given up as a lost cause.

Funding should be given directly to organisations established by seniors to help fellow seniors.

Rather than appoint people in their 40s and 50s to head active ageing initiatives, why not appoint experienced executives in their 60s or 70s to man these jobs?

Only people who have crossed the bridge can help show those who have not how to do so, and not the other way round.

Geoffrey Kung


Reverse Cooperative Ltd