Category: Health

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Studies: Playing Video Games is Good For You

I am sure many of you have screamed at kids to stop playing video games because it is bad for them. We believe that video games take time away from healthy real world interactions with their friends and keep kids indoors way too much. But did you know that playing video games is actually proven to be good for seniors?

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Studies: Pets Can Make You Healthier

According to the US government’s Center of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), pet can be really good for your health. The CDC has listed that apart from bringing the joy and happiness, studies have shown that bonding with your pet will bring about many health benefits including:

  • Decreases loneliness and provides opportunity to socialise with other pet owners
  • Decreases blood pressure
  • Decreases cholesterol levels
  • Increases physical activity and exercise
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Loneliness is bad for ageing – here’s how to beat it.

A study in UK raised alarm about a loneliness crisis nationwide – where over 2 million people over 75 live alone. The report also states that “more than a million older people say they go for over a month without speaking to a friend, neighbour or family member.” In many cases, this happens due to various reasons such as declining mobility, death of a spouse, retirement from work or simply losing touch with family. Loneliness can seriously impact a person’s health – but there are some steps seniors can take to avoid being caught in the loneliness trap.

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Enjoy a Lovely 60-Minutes Walk at the New Singapore’s 3rd Botanical Garden.

After almost a year of building and landscaping, the Jurong Lake Gardens(JLG) is finally open to the public – making it Singapore’s 3rd botanical gardens and the only one located in the heartland. Adjacent to the Chinese and Japanese Garden, the JLG has a little something for everyone in the family – from wading pools for the young ones, playground for the older kids, lots of nature for the enthusiasts, plenty of biking trails and a nice place to take a 60-minute leisurely walk for the seniors — with a great view of the lake especially during the evening twilight hours!

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About 1 in 4 over 65 have some form of diabetes. Have you checked?

Diabetes is bad news for ageing. Overall, diabetes is the 7th leading cause of death in 2016, and the number of people with diabetes has gone up almost 400% from 1980 to 2014! Since seniors have a much higher risk of diabetes, they should take particular care to get tested regularly. Most importantly, if you are diagnosed with diabetes or pre-diabetes, you should follow your doctor’s advice and take steps to change your lifestyle immediately.

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Healthcare Costs is Rising in Singapore Faster Than GDP Growth: How Will This Affect You?

Last month, the PM sounded an alarm that is not entirely unexpected – that as Singapore ages, healthcare cost is bound to increase and hit levels of spending that will continue to break historical records. The Singapore government’s healthcare expenditure has skyrocketed from $3.9 billion in 2011 to an estimated $10.2 billion in 2018 — this means that in 2019, Singapore’s healthcare expenditure would be triple the amount spent in 2011! The PM made it loud and clear that this is not sustainable and Singapore needs to look for new ways to manage and fund the rising healthcare costs – which is only going to get worse at an even faster rate by 2030, where 1-in-4 will be over 65!

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For Government Hospitals, How You Are Referred Will Determine How Much You Pay!

For Singaporeans or PRs using the public healthcare system in the Restructured Hospitals, how you are classified in the system – private or subsidised patient – will result in a big difference in your out-of-pocket costs. If you are admitted to a public healthcare system like Khoo Teck Puat Hospital how you are referred during your first consultation matters — and will determine your classification until you are discharged. Remember, once it is in the system, it is normally not possible to change! The classification is not related to any “means testing” or whether you are rich or poor, but how you enter the system. Here is what you must do to be classified in the system as subsidised patient.

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Why Do I Pay More for Brand Name Drugs in Singapore?

Yes, that is true – Singaporeans, in many cases, do have to pay more for their brand name vs generics drugs compared to other countries in the region, like Malaysia. The savings could range from 30% to even 50%. To be clear, these are not fakes or generics but the exact same drugs marketed by the same global pharmaceutical companies. If you are taking such drugs for chronic conditions like high blood pressure or diabetes, the savings over a year can be quite substantial. So why are Singaporean “punished” with higher drug prices? Here are some of the possible reasons.

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In 2021, Seniors should upgrade Eldershield to Careshield Life – here is why.

There are three legs of healthcare insurance that seniors should pay attention to. The first is acute care insurance – Medishield Life – that helps you with serious condition and treatment that normally require hospitalisation. Medisave and other government subsidies are intended to cover primary care that includes anything from cough and cold to management of chronic conditions like diabetes. The third leg is long term care for when you are severely disabled and need long term help for day-to-day living — this is where the current Eldershield 400 and the yet to be launched Careshield Life will be something you want to have.

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Merdeka Generation Package: S$8 Billion well spent to help seniors born in the 50’s

Like the Pioneer Generation Package, I believe the Merdeka Generation Pack(MGP) is money well spent. When the Merdeka Generation citizens were in their working years, wages and salaries were significantly lower then. Education and other opportunities were considerably less than what our current generation has. For them, there was little opportunity to save enough for retirement especially with healthcare costs increasing at an alarming rate. Add this to greater longevity, it is clear that the Merdeka Generation’s savings for their retirement will fall short of what is needed.

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