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Health care and housing top concerns for elderly Singaporeans

Government building more health-care facilities in response to the concerns of the elderly.
December 16, 2012
By: Robin Chan
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Health care and housing top concerns for elderly Singaporeans Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong is the guest of honour at the Active Agers Carnival, organized by the Ang Mo Kio GRC's & Sengkang West SMC's Active Ageing Committees (AAC) at Ang Mo Kio Public Library. Mr Lee also attended group discussions with senior c

Health care and housing were at the top of the minds of elderly Singaporeans at four national conversation sessions held in Ang Mo Kio on Sunday morning.

With Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in attendance, the participants took the opportunity to air their concerns and share their ideals with him. For many, affordability of health care and housing was what they most wanted to talk about.

In response, Mr Lee gave his assurance that the Government was building more health-care facilities, and training doctors and nurses to keep up with the growing demand. He said that they were also building more homes and will continue to invest in them so future generations can have good homes.

The different sessions were being held in conjunction with the Ang Mo Kio GRC and Sengkang West SMC Active Agers Carnival, but there were questions from young participants as well.

Aerodynamicist Gautham Ramesh, 26, shared his belief that Singapore would be prosperous even 60 years from now as it has a strong foundation.

But PM Lee warned that while it is good to have confidence and optimism about Singapore's future, it has to be supported by hard work and the ability to change.

"The world is changing so fast. If we are still the same, if every time you come back, it is the same shop, same neighbourhood, exactly the same layout, I think we will be left behind," he said.


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