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Whole-of-nation conversation on successful ageing needed: Health Minister Gan

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The Government wants the conversation on ageing to change from worrying about the challenges that come from ageing to celebrating longevity, Health Minister Gan Kim Yong said in Parliament on Tuesday (May 27).

 

SINGAPORE: The Government wants the conversation on ageing to change from worrying about the challenges that come from ageing to celebrating longevity, Health Minister Gan Kim Yong said in Parliament on Tuesday (May 27).

The Government will also start a whole-of-nation action plan to “holistically” chart strategies and initiatives to support and enable Singaporeans to achieve successful ageing, he added.

“Moving beyond developing aged care services, the Ministerial Committee on Ageing will coordinate a whole-of-nation effort to put together a coherent national agenda to prepare our population for successful ageing,” said Mr Gan.

The plan will cover seven diverse areas – lifelong learning for senior, employment, volunteerism, urban infrastructure, healthcare, retirement adequacy and research into ageing.

“Ageing is a conversation that involves all of us. It is a conversation not just among the old, but also with the young,” Mr Gan said.

From the middle of this year, the Ministerial Committee of Ageing will hold a series of public consultations including voluntary welfare organisations and educational institutions to hear the aspirations and suggestions on a collective plan for successful ageing for seniors and younger Singaporeans, in time to come.

The committee will also seek feedback from unions, employers and human resource practitioners on how the talents and growth opportunities of an older workforce can be tapped on. Professionals such as architects, IT experts and urban and transport planners, will be consulted on how to build an intelligent city for all ages

“We will turn longevity into our advantage. We will work together to forge an action plan to make Singapore a Nation of All Ages.” Mr Gan said. “This will be the best tribute to our pioneers and the best gift to the next generation of Singaporeans.

The action plan is expected to be ready by next year.

via Whole-of-nation conversation on successful ageing needed: Health Minister Gan – Channel NewsAsia.

Developed Asian countries need to re-think role of technology in healthcare: Gan

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Minister for Health Mr Gan Kim Yong (Photo: MOH)

Developed Asian societies which are ageing will need to re-think the role of technology in the delivery of healthcare, said Health Minister Gan Kim Yong at the opening of the Healthcare in Asia 2014 at the Swissotel Merchant Court on Thursday.

SINGAPORE: Developed Asian societies which are ageing will need to re-think the role of technology in the delivery of healthcare, said Health Minister Gan Kim Yong at the opening of the Healthcare in Asia 2014 at the Swissotel Merchant Court on Thursday.

The event brought together more than 180 of Asia’s leading health ministers and officials, alongside industry figures, policymakers, private-sector providers and front-line medical professionals.

Speaking at the event, Mr Gan said those countries need to find new ways to meet the rising healthcare and social needs of their elderly to guard against healthcare inflation.

One way is to adopt healthcare technologies in a big way.

Mr Gan said developing Asian societies will need to invest further in their healthcare systems.

He added that healthcare systems may also need to re-think the roles of healthcare workers and patients to support patients to administer care themselves.

He gave the example of a self-dialysis programme in Sweden.

“Under the programme, patients operate the dialysis machine, interpret lab values, and document their own care on a report form themselves. The initiative has allowed patients to play an active role in their treatment, which resulted in increased compliance, lower costs, and fewer complications,” said Mr Gan.

– CNA/nd

via Developed Asian countries need to re-think role of technology in healthcare: Gan – Channel NewsAsia.

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