Contribute to Social Programmes for the Elderly
Declining birth rate and increasing life expectancy have led to rapidly ageing populations in countries around the world. Singapore is not exempt from this. Today, around 1 in 7 Singaporeans are aged 65 and above. By 2030, senior citizens aged 65 years and above are expected to make up one quarter of the Singaporean population. Noting that Singapore is an increasingly ageing population, it is essential that we take good care of our silver generation.
Lower-income seniors face several challenges in Singapore. Despite being in an Asian country that values filial piety, the sight of older women working as cleaners in food courts or servers in fast food restaurants is jarring. This highlights how many seniors across both genders are financially vulnerable. Other common issues for eldercare in Singapore are the rise of dementia and the increasing demand for palliative care. The main gaps in end-of-life care revolve around capacity, financing and community engagement.
Moreover, a significant proportion of the elderly in Singapore suffer from depression. Physical and mental ill health, financial and relationship issues, and loneliness seem to be common issues that surface in calls from the elderly to the Samaritans of Singapore (SOS) helpline. Some elderly feel socially disconnected from their loved ones and the world at large. Others who battle illness lose the confidence to cope with their physical deterioration and are painfully aware of their demanding care needs on their family. Yet others simply lose their sense of purpose in life.
We can do our part to ensure a good quality of life for our silver generation, whether they are in a hospice, nursing home, palliative care or community hospital. Support charities who are caring for the physical, emotional, and mental well-being of vulnerable seniors among us.