HELPING ELDERLY IN S'PORE
To tackle the issue of Singapore's ageing population, the Ministerial Committee on Ageing launched a $3 billion Action Plan for Successful Ageing last August.
A Ministry of Health (MOH) spokesman told The New Paper: "It was launched as a national blueprint to help Singaporeans age confidently and lead active lives, with strong bonds to family and the community.
"The plan includes more than 70 initiatives covering 12 areas - health and wellness, learning, volunteerism, employment, housing, transport, public spaces, respect and social inclusion, retirement adequacy, healthcare and aged care, protection for vulnerable seniors and research."
The plan has three objectives:
Opportunities for All Ages:
Seniors will get to work, learn and grow while staying healthy. Initiatives such as lifelong employability, senior volunteerism and retirement adequacy have been implemented.
Kampong for All Ages:
Communities will be created to care for the ageing population, as the number of seniors living alone is estimated to increase from 35,000 in 2012 to 83,000 in 2030.
There are other initiatives, such as getting Singaporeans to live nearer their parents, and discounts and privileges for the elderly.
City for All Ages:
Singapore will be a city that supports ageing and where seniors can age confidently. A Healthcare 2020 Masterplan will expand and improve healthcare facilities and lower healthcare costs.
A Facebook page for Successful Ageing was created.
The spokesman said: "We also want to celebrate Singaporeans who age actively and positively, and change the narrative on ageing to a more positive one.
"We share stories of active agers and information relevant to our seniors, hoping to inspire them.
"Young Singaporeans are a key part of the national conversation on ageing, and MOH and the Ministry of Education have embarked on... outreach efforts to raise awareness and deepen our engagement among teachers and students on positive ageing."