In his recent National Day Rally 17 speech, our PM Lee reminded the
nation on the well-being of Singaporeans in terms of staying healthy
and active. Among other sobering look at numbers, our life expectancy
is 82. And the average number of old age years in ill health is 8.
The bottom line – we have to take responsibility with regard to
self-discipline – not only in eating wisely and exercising
consistently, but in making appropriate contingency plans ahead to age
successfully. We need to constantly ask ourselves what are the things
we need to do to age right, age well and age smart.
Over the past 3
decades of the Society’s existence, since 1986, we have addressed a
wide range of ageing issues through various seminars and conferences,
big and small, local and regional. I would think the broader key
dimensions were incorporated, direct or indirectly:
(a) Active Aging
(b) Ageing- in-Place
(c) Chronic Diseases Disorder management; and
What else is left? It is pertinent at this juncture to ponder on this
question: how we can better move forward and contribute in the arena
of ageing as a Society in the coming years? I trust that this
afternoon’s exciting public seminar with the theme “The Future of
Gerontology” will provide enlightenment and address gaps and emerging
issues in line with our mission goals.
As I will be stepping down after today’s AGM, I wish to express my
sincere appreciation to all council members for their efforts and
commitments, with special thanks to past president A/P Goh Lee Gan who
has lifted up our profile, and to whom we are rightly presenting the
Outstanding Achievement Award. Also, not forgetting Prof Kua Ee Heok
for his invaluable encouragement and help…at all times.
We are in the midst of leadership renewal and looking forward to a
younger team to carry forward the rich legacy left by the founding
members of this Society. What does the future of Gerontology holds for
us as a Society? Let the younger minds and hands pick up the forging
hammers with courage and strength, tempered by the wisdom of older
ones, guiding towards a caring and inclusive society for all ages.