Target young too in drafting of ageing masterplan

Target young too in drafting of ageing masterplan
Madam Wong Soon Yee (foreground, right) doing the “meridian flapping” exercise with other residents at an open court in Jalan Damai. The 65-year-old, who has been doing the exercise every weekday for the past year, says the sessions also provide her with a network of friends.

Conducting a series of public consultation exercises to find out people's views and suggestions of successful ageing is crucially important and can be fruitful ("Ageing masterplan: First, debunk mindsets"; last Friday).

The masterplan is timely as we step up efforts to prepare Singapore for an ageing society in which we can age with dignity, be financially independent and remain engaged in the community for as long as we can.

It is, thus, heartening that ageing has become a national agenda, and through such open discussions, a greater awareness on this issue can be generated.

There will be policies and programmes on how people can lead fulfilling and enriching lives as they grow old, and these can be attained only if there is a mindset change. We need to change how our society views ageing and older people.

If we are able to embrace the changes and challenges that come with ageing, we can open up a whole new way of life.

While it is important to include various institutions and a whole spectrum of society in the conversation as they are also stakeholders, we should also target the younger generation ("Govt plan to engage public on ageing issues"; May 28).

The young adults have as great a stake in our efforts to promote active ageing as the seniors do, for their turn is not too far away.

Every Singaporean should play a part in our continuing efforts to achieve successful ageing in our society; it is a journey, not a destination.

Jeffrey Law Lee Beng

This article was first published June 9, 2014.
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