As Singapore's population ages, what needs cultivating is empathy between young and old. While the imperative to secure the nation's future by investing in the young stands, there is an equal duty of care that society owes to the elderly.
One group that needs special care are seniors suffering from dementia, who today make up one in 10 Singaporeans aged 60 and above. By 2030, their ranks are expected to more than double to 103,000. There are now six dementia-friendly communities around the island, with nine more planned. In these communities, residents and businesses are trained to recognise signs of dementia and help those with the disease.
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