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Ageing well: A positive mindset helps ensure quality of life in one's later years

Growing older need not spell doom and gloom; a positive mindset helps ensure quality of life in one's later years

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Joyce Teo on 09 Oct 2018

The Straits Times

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Normal ageing brings physical changes in us, but these biological changes do not need to spell doom and gloom.

 

Everyone will grow older and it is one's positive mindset that will ensure quality of life as one ages. Research has shown that negative attitudes to ageing affect physical and cognitive health in our later years.

 

Ageing well is of paramount importance, given that Singapore continues to age.

 

The annual Population in Brief report released on Sept 27 showed that those aged 65 and older made up 15.2 per cent of the citizen population as of June this year, compared with 14.4 per cent a year ago.

 

The median age of the citizen population also inched up from 41.3 to 41.7 years, the report said.

 

The World Health Organisation reports that by 2050, the world's population aged 60 years and older is expected to total two billion, up from 900 million in 2015.

 

As the pace of population ageing around the world rises, more attention is being placed on healthy ageing.

 

Stereotypical views of older adults as being out of touch, weak, incompetent, pitiful and so on, need to go.

 

And notions of attractiveness and well-being tied only to youth need to be dispelled.

 

For a start, health professionals here share tips on how to manage chronic pain, maintain a healthy sex life and keep frailty at bay.

 

Source: The Straits Times © Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Reproduced with permission.