29 Nov '11, 9pm

Helping the elderly to live independently

While elderly parents have traditionally lived with their children in Singapore and elsewhere in Asia, the reality is that more seniors here are living on their own. State of the Family reports showed that the percentage of people aged 65 years and above here who live with their children dropped from 74 per cent in 2000 to 69 per cent in 2005, and the number may have dropped further since then. Whether they live independently or in care facilities, the percentage of the elderly living on their own only seems likely to increase. How to care for senior citizens who can no longer do everything by themselves is an increasing concern. Some families hire a full-time live-in helper, and others place the elderly in a care facility. Yet the combination of a growing aged population and pressure to bring in fewer foreigners means other alternatives may soon be needed. Among the low-i...

Full article: http://www.todayonline.com/Singapore/EDC111130-0000005/He...

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