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President’s Message

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
(d) Financial Stability

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.

Laurence Wee