Recent news reports indicate that more elderly people in Singapore are taking their own lives. Last year, 129 people aged 60 and older committed suicide. This group formed 36 per cent of 361 suicides reported in 2017, compared with 29 per cent of 429 suicides the year before.
Ageing can be a difficult period for many. As people get older, their health deteriorates. Some older people lose their spouses; others have no living children. Yet others may be unable to participate in social activities and so lose their social circle and network support. Another issue is that some do not have enough funds to tide them over in their golden years.