The importance of ageing gracefully, and with dignity

I wish to live in a society where physical decline is not looked on with shame, and there is acceptance of the ravages of time

Society as a whole must be able to see that ageing is a natural falling away, and react to it with empathy and acceptance, says the writer. ST PHOTO: RYAN CHIONG
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I was walking to the mall with my cousin during the Chinese New Year weekend when we saw an elderly man in distress, trembling and leaning against a silver rubbish bin before his knees gave way. As he fell to the ground, his slipper flew across the tiled floor.

Shocked, I stood rooted to the spot, as my cousin and two bystanders rushed to the man’s assistance, lifting him off the ground and sitting him down on a bench. 

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