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Ageing better with technology

People are getting more tech-savvy
The Straits Times - August 15, 2014
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Ageing better with technology PEOPLE are getting more tech-savvy, so studio apartments for the elderly should in the future have video conferencing technology.

PEOPLE are getting more tech-savvy, so studio apartments for the elderly should in the future have video conferencing technology. Similarly, buddy systems could employ WhatsApp to stay in touch with seniors.

There was no lack of ideas last night at the first of 14 focus group sessions to be organised by the Ministerial Committee on Ageing to gather feedback on its action plan for successful ageing. It was attended by about 60 people, in their 40s to 80s.

Senior Minister of State for Health Amy Khor told the media: "The emphasis is really about turning the conversation about ageing to a more positive one. Ageing is not just about growing old and frail, gloom and doom. Even though there are challenges, there are also opportunities."

Dr Khor said technology would be of great help in making sure the elderly are not isolated.

The next sessions will focus on topics like senior-friendly homes and transport. The public may sign up for them at www.successful-ageing.gov.sg.

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