SINGAPORE: Some 2,500 residents from different walks of life on Sunday took part in the first large-scale active ageing carnival in Nee Soon.
Through a series of activities and exhibits, the event aimed to encourage physical, mental and social well-being among senior citizens.
Foreign Affairs and Law Minister K Shanmugam, who is also a Member of Parliament for Nee Soon GRC, was at the carnival.
He said active ageing is not just an individual responsibility, but an issue where both the young and old have an equally important role to play.
Mr Shanmugam said: "We're going to have one million people becoming retired over the next 15 to 17 years, 40 per cent of our population will be senior citizens.
"The impact on the economy is quite substantial, and also I don't think we've begun to grapple with the kind of support services and consequences. So really, Chong Pang is a microcosm because one quarter of the population here are senior citizens."
He noted that while there are currently six working adults supporting one elderly person, but by 2030, the support ratio will fall to two working adults supporting one elderly person.
"Apart from the economic implications, there are also societal effects including how to manage the physical, mental and emotional well-being of our ageing population," said Mr Shanmugam.
The carnival included a mass workout, brisk walking, dance performances and booths promoting health and fitness tips.
Dieticians from Khoo Teck Puat Hospital formed the judging panel for a family breakfast-making competition that encouraged inter-generational bonding and communication. - CNA/fa/ac
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