Our population is getting old. I read a report that in 2006, the whole world had 500 million people aged 65 or older. By 2030, one in four Singapore residents will be 65 or older!
As a small country which has just turned 55 years old this year, I can’t help but feel that ours is a dog’s life. A dog ages by 7 years for every human year. This means a 10 year old dog is physically and mentally as old as a 70 years old human.
We are now at 2020, when the society’s median age (i.e. the most people) will become 45 years old. What do such statistics mean for us personally? While the government has recognized this hot potato issue and is taking every step possible to deal with it, what can we as individuals of the nation do to keep pace with this drastic ageing situation?
Well, I am a firm believer of this belief :- that where we are today, be it mentally, physically and spiritually, is an outcome of the efforts put in by our old self as long as 10-15 years ago. If we look fit and slim in our forties, we must have been working out and eating right since we were in our thirties. If we are unfit and sloppy in our fifties, we must have given in to our cravings and stopped exercising 10 years earlier. Especially for us men who had completed our National Service obligations from 40 years old onwards, the motivation to avoid being called up for additional physical training by exercising more regularly literally evaporated with the release letter!Continue reading Ageing Blissfully – Possible in Singapore?