Reaching 100: Number of centenarians in Singapore has doubled in 10 years

Number of centenarians here has doubled in 10 years, which has implications for society, say experts

Centenarian Kassim Sultan, pictured above with his wife, Madam Tuminah Haji Siraj, 90, is among the 20,900 Singapore residents aged 90 and older as at June this year, a 94 per cent jump from the 10,800 people in this age group a decade ago. ST PHOTO:
Centenarian Kassim Sultan, pictured above with his wife, Madam Tuminah Haji Siraj, 90, is among the 20,900 Singapore residents aged 90 and older as at June this year, a 94 per cent jump from the 10,800 people in this age group a decade ago. ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE
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Mr Kassim, who has 32 grandchildren and 43 great-grandchildren, now walks with the help of a walking frame. The former typing instructor retired when he was 68.

Before those falls, he would walk to the shops every morning to buy a copy of Malay newspaper Berita Harian. He would also go for walks around his Jurong West neighbourhood.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 01, 2020, with the headline Number of centenarians in S'pore has doubled in 10 years. Subscribe