30 Jun '13, 2am

More people in Singapore living to 100 years old

More people in Singapore living to 100 years old

Mr Wu Chung Chuan turned 100 this year and led an independent life until a stroke two years ago. Now, the widower uses a wheelchair to get around and spends most of his time in bed at a Econ Nursing Home. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND FOO By Theresa Tan The centenarian club used to be really exclusive, but its membership has ballooned in the past two decades. From just 71 Singaporeans and permanent residents aged 100 and older in 1990, the country counted an estimated 900 centenarians as of June last year, according to latest data from the Department of Statistics. In the past decade alone, their ranks almost quadrupled from 232 in 2000, the department's spokesman told The Sunday Times. The surge comes as the World Health Organisation ranked Singapore as having the world's fourth longest life expectancy last month. Background story A good heart "My health was excellent all along un...

Full article: http://www.straitstimes.com/breaking-news/singapore/story...

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