Living Well: 5 reasons to celebrate longevity and population ageing

In Singapore, one in two Singaporeans aged 65 today is expected to live beyond 85 and one in three will live beyond 90.
In Singapore, one in two Singaporeans aged 65 today is expected to live beyond 85 and one in three will live beyond 90.PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - The United Nations' International Day of Older Persons is celebrated annually on Oct 1 to recognise the contributions of older people and examine issues that affect their lives. We should start doing this in Singapore too and all those over 65 could be given a day off on that date.

Singapore topped the world in life expectancy in 2017 with an expected lifespan at birth of 84.8 years, surging ahead of traditional chart-topper Japan. If one survives to 65, then the expected lifespan is even longer.

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