Getting Age-Prepared — The Art, Science and Good News of Ageing (Part 3)

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In the third instalment of the five-part series “The Art, Science and Good News of Ageing” on 16 November, Prof Wong Poh Kam, Emeritus Professor at NUS Business School, Lee Foong Ming, Manager (Programme & Volunteer Management) at Society for WINGS, and moderator CD Liang, Director for Development at The HEAD Foundation discussed how we can live a more fulfilled life by getting ourselves and our family better prepared for the realities of ageing.

Compared to physical ageing and psychological ageing, social ageing is most influenced by the perception of ageing in one’s culture. It can lead to social frailty if social needs that come with ageing are not properly fulfilled. Foong Ming feels that a positive view of ageing can lead to a positive social ageing experience and vice versa. She encouraged the audience to have sincere conversations with our elderly loved ones about their preferences of care in a non-judgmental way, and help them to stay socially engaged.

Many of the fears surrounding death or dying are related to medical costs, being a burden to loved ones and the well-being of family members after one’s final departure. To minimise such fears and truly enjoy life with peace of mind, Prof Wong encouraged everyone to plan ahead for such matters as we age, together with our loved ones and our caretakers. Increasingly, there are technology tools that make the planning process easier. Prof Wong shared some examples of these digital planning tools and explained how they can help us to live well and leave well.

Disclaimer: The views expressed by the speakers in this webinar are their own and do not represent the opinions of The HEAD Foundation.

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Mr Ho Swee Huat

Mr Ho Swee Huat is the Founder and Managing Director of Abacus Assets Advisors Pte Ltd. Before starting the company, he had an established career in the banking industry, with 20 years of experience in Singapore, Hong Kong and New York.

He was an Independent Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee of CapitaCommercial Trust Management LTD from 2004 to 2013.

He is the current Chairman of Autism Association (Singapore) which he co-founded with a group of parents in 1992. He is also Vice-Chairman of Eden School, a special school for children with autism.

Mr Ho holds a Master’s degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a Liberal Arts degree in Economics from Hamilton College, USA.

He has been a member of the Board of the Foundation since its incorporation.