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SINGAPORE – The United Nations' International Day of Older Persons is celebrated annually on Oct 1 to recognise the contributions of older people and examine issues that affect their lives. We should start doing this in Singapore too and all those over 65 could be given a day off on that date.

Singapore topped the world in life expectancy in 2017 with an expected lifespan at birth of 84.8 years, surging ahead of traditional chart-topper Japan. If one survives to 65, then the expected lifespan is even longer.

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