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Whole-of-nation conversation on successful ageing needed: Health Minister Gan

The Government wants the conversation on ageing to change from worrying about the challenges that come from ageing to celebrating longevity, Health Minister Gan Kim Yong said in Parliament on Tuesday (May 27).

SINGAPORE: The Government wants the conversation on ageing to change from worrying about the challenges that come from ageing to celebrating longevity, Health Minister Gan Kim Yong said in Parliament on Tuesday (May 27).

The Government will also start a whole-of-nation action plan to "holistically” chart strategies and initiatives to support and enable Singaporeans to achieve successful ageing, he added.

"Moving beyond developing aged care services, the Ministerial Committee on Ageing will coordinate a whole-of-nation effort to put together a coherent national agenda to prepare our population for successful ageing," said Mr Gan.

The plan will cover seven diverse areas – lifelong learning for senior, employment, volunteerism, urban infrastructure, healthcare, retirement adequacy and research into ageing.

“Ageing is a conversation that involves all of us. It is a conversation not just among the old, but also with the young,” Mr Gan said.

From the middle of this year, the Ministerial Committee of Ageing will hold a series of public consultations including voluntary welfare organisations and educational institutions to hear the aspirations and suggestions on a collective plan for successful ageing for seniors and younger Singaporeans, in time to come.

The committee will also seek feedback from unions, employers and human resource practitioners on how the talents and growth opportunities of an older workforce can be tapped on. Professionals such as architects, IT experts and urban and transport planners, will be consulted on how to build an intelligent city for all ages 

“We will turn longevity into our advantage. We will work together to forge an action plan to make Singapore a Nation of All Ages.” Mr Gan said. “This will be the best tribute to our pioneers and the best gift to the next generation of Singaporeans.

The action plan is expected to be ready by next year.

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