17 Jul '11, 2pm

Singaporeans dying away from home | SingaporeScene - Yahoo! News via @yahoosg

Elderly residents wait for their turn for morning exercises at a nursing home in Singapore. (AFP) By Andrew Loh It doesn't hit home until you're standing there, eyes fixed on the old man of 87-years old. He is no longer cognisant of his surroundings, I am told. His ability to register familiar faces and places is no longer as keen as before. He can barely recognise his own son who is standing beside me at the side of his bed on the day we paid him a visit. First a boat-builder — during the Japanese occupation — and later a plumber, his hands were the only means by which he made a living and raised a family. Now, with children all grown up with families of their own, he is bedridden, immobile and has to be cared for in a nursing home. Alzheimer's has set in, along with Parkinson's and coronary heart problems. His son and daughters, in their 30s and 40s, try their best to pr...

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