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A separate statute for the elderly will also go a long way in changing negative stereotypes and ageist attitudes about senior citizens which result in age-discriminatory practices in the workforce, as well as in society. Although advances in medical sciences have increased seniors’ life expectancy and quality of life, stereotypes that equate old age with
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The public is always horrified by stories of children abandoning or neglecting their aged parents. But beyond disapproving comments, there is little anyone can do to unfilial children. But by 2020, children who neglect, abandon or abuse their elderly parents could be penalised by the law, once Parliament passes a legistlation to safeguard the rights
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Parental involvement with your child’s school is more than just attending PIBG (Persatuan Ibu Bapa dan Guru, or Parent-Teacher Association) meetings. Parents who are actively engaged with their child’s school and schoolwork can make a crucial difference to their child’s success academically, socially and in life. Best of all, you will also feel a sense
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It’s about time – that’s the general sentiment of senior citizens on the government’s commitment to enact a specific law for the elderly to protect their rights and safeguard their welfare. “If we can have laws and human rights for women and children, why not for the eldely too?” says retiree Ahmad Kamil Mohd Yusof.
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What does retirement mean to you? If you’re thinking rocking chairs, knitting needles, gardening tools and TV remotes, you’re way off. Older adults in their 60s, 70s, 80s and even 90s are ditching stereotypes on what the golden years should be like. More and more seniors are pushing conventions aside and reinventing life after retirement.
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Never let age stop you from pursuing your dreams. This was the advice Lily Fu, 70, gave her course mates in her valedictorian speech when she graduated with a Masters of Science in Applied Gerontology from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, in 2018. Fu truly embodies that philosophy. She was the oldest in her class, but
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Infants and toddlers in low-income communities may be even more at risk from second- and third-hand smoke exposure than has been believed, according to new research. In testing that included more than 1,200 children, researchers found that up to 15% of them had levels of cotinine, a byproduct of the body’s breakdown of nicotine, comparable
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Yes, your brain is like a muscle: If you don’t strengthen and stretch its capacities, it will not deliver high performance. But your brain is not like one of those forgiving muscles that lets you engage in a lifetime of indolence and then perks up willingly when you take up weight-training upon retirement. No, your
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The consumption of a healthy, balanced diet throughout life is essential to the maintenance of good health and the prevention of malnutrition, non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and other medical conditions. This means eating right proportions of a wide variety of foods, and the right amount of food and drink, in achieving and maintaining a healthy body weight. The
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For the past two weeks, Lorezia Veronica Ratnayake’s house has been buzzing as Christmas festive preparations get underway. The hustle and bustle is centred around her kitchen where she bakes cookies and cakes, and prepares traditional dishes for the season. The aroma of spiced fruit cakes and gingerbread cookies gently wafts from the kitchen, signifying
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Whenever Michelle-Ann Iking organises her Christmas Eve dinner, she is thankful that her in-laws are very much part of the celebrations. When Iking married her husband Kishore Suppiah, her in-laws joined her in continuing her Christmas traditions. Her sisters-in-law, Geetha and Chitra, bring steamed fruit cakes, cupcakes, cookies and jams. Her mother-in-law, Nancy David, offers
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Kirk Douglas is not slowing down at age 102. His actor son, Michael Douglas, recently revealed that the Hollywood legend is savvy with today’s social-media trends and has picked up FaceTime. “He’s amazing. He’s discovered FaceTime. He just loves it,” he said. Over the Dec 9 weekend, Michael Douglas’ wife, actress Catherine Zeta-Jones, also used
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