Lots more can be done to help older folk age with dignity, says expert. Dr Alexandre Kalache was passing comment on how an elderly resident of Nightingale Nursing Home was tossed to her bed by two staff members like coolies heaving a sack of rice onto a bumboat.
At Pungol Plaza four elderly women fell down an escalator when the handrail of the escalator stopped suddenly. One of the mall management officers was quick to absolve themselves of culpability by saying the accident happened because the old ladies become giddy. Madam Hoh Peck Tan, 72, may be senior in years, but she's definitely in full control of her mental faculties, "How is possible that all four of us suffer from giddiness a the same time?" Having an escalator handrail freeze while the steps are moving is like a carpet being yanked away while you are standing on it.
A 68-year-old woman was bundled into a police car and sequestered in the foul lock-up while her relatives, ages 70, 55, 60 and 62, scrummaged to make the bail of $2,000. She was alleged to have shop-lifted a $1.45 packet of dou miao (pea shoots). "Why would I steal $1.45 worth of vegetables? I paid for the other groceries," asked Ms Tan.
The Prime Supermarket employee must really feel rotten to the core, when he tried to distance himself by quoting company policy, "We're not accusing her of anything, but we've referred her case to the police." Which makes it odd for the police to rush down promptly to site within 20 minutes, when there was no accusation of a crime committed. On private premises, owned by a private company, no less. Is dou miao more dangerous than an unexploded bomb? And couldn't all the trigger happy parties have given the little old lady the benefit of the doubt, since short term memory is often a liability with senior citizens? For those boycotting The New Paper, please add Prime to your list.
Mercifully, some entities do spare a thought for the older folks. NTUC Fairprice provides a 2 percent discount for those over 60 years, applicable on Tuesdays only. Their generosity should make you weep.