'Retirement kampung' also needs facilities that exercise the mind

As being gracious includes giving credit where it is due, I want to congratulate the Housing Board and its partners for developing Kampung Admiralty, which helps older Singaporeans to "age in place" (Kampung Admiralty stirs to life as residents move in; Oct 16).

This is an excellent example of what can be achieved by both "joined-up thinking" and the courage to think outside the box.

I particularly like the co-location of a childcare centre at the active-ageing hub, which prevents age segregation.

Only one thing seems to be missing in this project - facilities that exercise the mind, which may delay the onset of dementia.

A library, club space for lectures, debates, chess and games, and perhaps a computer suite would not be out of place in this and future "retirement kampungs".

I will be happy to live in a kampung like this.

Lee Siew Peng (Dr)

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 19, 2017, with the headline ''Retirement kampung' also needs facilities that exercise the mind'. Print Edition | Subscribe