Important for senior citizens to take active steps to stay healthy: Heng Swee Keat

While the Pioneer Generation Package will provide senior citizens with a safety net, it is important that they keep themselves healthy as well, said Education Minister Heng Swee Keat on Saturday.

Mr Heng attended a community event at Tampines Central Community Complex, where he explained to some 250 elderly residents what health care benefits they would enjoy under the $8 billion package. He spoke in English and Mandarin.

Speaking to reporters afterward, he said: "Ultimately its not just about the financial assistance when you fall sick, but the ability to take active steps to keep yourself well.

"Keeping our senior citizens physically active, mentally engaged and socially involved are very important ways of maintaining wellness."

The neighbourhood is a natural place to organise activities, so neighbours can come together and encourage each other to lead a healthy lifestyle, he said.

He added that many residents want to see more wellness activities, and his grassroots leaders will work with Changi General Hospital to ramp up such activities.

The event, organised as part of the Tampines Central Wellness Programme, provided seniors aged above 60 with a free health screening and anti-slip slippers.

The Pioneer Generation Package includes subsidies for the new MediShield Life insurance scheme, Medisave top-ups and subsidies for outpatient treatment. It is for Singaporeans aged 65 or older this year and those who became citizens before 1987.

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