Life starts at 60, how long will funds last

Life starts at 60, how long will funds last

When you turn 60, the universe conspires to remind you how young you really are.

That's how I felt last Monday when the front page of The Straits Times declared that Singaporeans live longer than most people elsewhere and that a 60-year-old today can expect to live another 25 years.

That's the same as 60-year-olds in 12 other countries, outlived by only the Japanese who can expect to live one year longer.

It's good to know you belong to such a select group.

The paper that day was full of stories about people past 60 doing things you wouldn't imagine anyone in the last quarter of their lives doing.

There was the American rock band Aerosmith led by 65-year-old grandfather Steven Tyler rocking the 10,000 crowd at Gardens by the Bay.

Jupp Heynckes, 68, coach of the German football club Bayern Munich, almost danced off the Sports page celebrating his team's victory in the Champions League final.

In the Life! section, a beaming Madam Kwan Swee Lian of the famed chain of seven restaurants in Kuala Lumpur showed what an 80-year-old can do, opening her first eatery in Singapore last month.

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