Growing old – what are the thoughts of Singaporeans? [see REACH, govt website]

My comment as posted in REACH, on 21 Oct 2016
https://www.reach.gov.sg/participate/discussion-forum/2016/10/18/8-in-10-here-worry-about-growing-old?ec_as=4A02FF05B20C4042A8436A6B797D34E2
Look at human frailty or weaknesses.

How many of us can boast of living a healthy life in our winter years? Not many, I suppose. When we start aging we are likely to suffer from one or more age-related diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease, arthritis, atherosclerosis and cardiovascular disease, cataracts, degenerative disc disease, hypertension, macular degeneration, osteoporosis, Parkinson’s disease, prostate enlargement etc.

But should we worry about being afflicted with any of these common age-related ailments? Worry would be of no help, but medical science can provide hope in providing relief or cure, in some cases: for example, for cataract or prostate, a surgical operation can positively restore the patient to optimum level.

If I am not incorrect, all of us want to avoid a debilitating, painful illness, or being helpless by being immobile; a possible worry we may harbor inwardly is to be a liability to others by being totally dependent on them for help in managing our daily activities, like showering, eating, walking etc.

And arguably, the financial side of ageing is a huge factor for some or many people; whether we are young or old, money is a hugely important element. When a person does not have enough money for living expenses, being alive can be problematic, even when one is young, and more so when one is old.

Thankfully, the govt has launched some measures by providing some financial assistance to people who are considered as senior citizens. Whether one has the financial means for living to or coping with old age is a grave concern to some or many people, and it’s hard to argue otherwise.

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