Comment: Singapore is slowing its reopening to protect our seniors because that’s what we are
But something changed in 2013 during the National Day rally, when Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong described the start of a new social pact, a “new way forward”, with the community and government doing more to help. individuals to give them life insurance. uncertainties.
Support in the management of health expenditure was a key objective. It was then that Prime Minister Lee announced the outlines of what would become the S $ 9 billion Pioneer Generation Package benefiting 450,000 Singaporean seniors and their families.
The package finally included grants for outpatient care, MediSave supplements, disability assistance, MediShield life support. A subsequent Merdeka package for 500,000 seniors was introduced in 2019 with a similar ethic.
A Pioneer Generation Office (now the Silver Generation Office or SGO) has also been set up to help seniors navigate government assistance programs and gather feedback on how their lives could be improved.
JAPAN AND HONG KONG ARE ALSO PRIORITIES FOR SENIORS
As our understanding of aging, health and wellness evolves, a bigger shift around aging patterns is taking place around the world.
Even Japan, with the world’s oldest population and one of the most admired, inclusive and accessible models of elderly care, is turning to home and community care instead of housing the elderly in nursing homes.