Tag: Ageing Population

PPP leader Goh Meng Seng’s manifesto focuses on MacPherson

Singapore -- People's Power Party founder Goh Meng Seng released his party's manifesto in a lengthy post on the official PPP Facebook page on Saturday (June 27). The party will be contesting only in MacPherson Single-Member Constituency, whose MP has been the People's Action Party's...

Japanese researchers build robotic tail to help ageing population

Japanese researchers are pushing the boundaries of science by creating a robotic tail that extends innate bodily functions—a solution to keep the elderly mobile and productive as the country deals with an ageing population and a decreasing workforce. While robotic tails may seem like science...

Singapore’s fertility slide continues, lowest number of babies in 8 years in 2018

Singapore—According to the Report on Registration of Births and Deaths 2018, the number of babies born in 2018 is the lowest in eight years. The Straits Times (ST) reports that Singapore’s current fertility rate has slid below the level needed for replacing population loss. There...

PAP MP Amy Khor says elderly Singaporeans can help offset low birth rates by continuing to work longer

Senior Minister of State for Health, Amy Khor, has said that Singaporeans who are living longer can help to offset the low birth rates if more of them continue working for longer. Speaking at the opening of the High-Level Forum on the Silver Economy in Helsinki,...

Longer life expectancy adds to global disruption

A report by MAPFRE Economic Research shows that an aging population with a longer life expectancy is one of the greatest challenges of our times and can be as disruptive as overpopulation. The globe has a population of 7.7 billion according to the latest stats,...

Duke-NUS Medical School study shows more adults over 60 suffering from chronic diseases, struggling with daily activities

Singapore—A new study is showing that the proportion of people over the age of 60 who have three or even more chronic diseases almost doubled from 2009 to 2017. Moreover, there are more older adults in Singapore who are reporting having a harder time...

HDB’s “Lease-Buy-Back” scheme caps Merdeka Gen Package’ promise of taking care of the elderly

In an effort to make Singapore not just Singaporean-friendly but also make it 'aged-person' friendly, the Housing and Development Board's (HDB) "Lease Buyback Scheme (LBS)" has been implemented, and currently, over 20 households residing in 5-room flats (and larger) have sold the tail end of...

Lawyer Khush Chopra calls for total overhaul to deal with the problems of Singapore’s aging population

Khush Chopra, a local lawyer and advocate for change, featured a video on his Facebook page from Japanese broadcaster NHK world called “Singapore’s Other Side” which highlighted the problems of the country’s elderly needy, as well as what Tony Tay and his organization, Willing...

NEA announces 4 new funeral parlor sites to meet the needs of an ageing population

The National Environment Agency (NEA) announced on Tuesday, January 8, that four new funeral parlor sites will be launched to meet the growing demand for such facilities, in part due to an aging citizenry. These sites, which are located away from residential places, will...

Theirs is a sad, sad story

By Trinity Chua and Nicole Chang Mei Yun*, 55, and Ya Zhu*, 67, will tell you, without rancour, to leave their flat alone. When the sisters open the door, food crumbs linger on the table, flies dance on top. The one-room flat is stuffed with clothes,...