A longer life expectancy is likely to be even more burdensome for people who lack financial support and community.

SINGAPORE (Oct 22): Shuffling slowly across a void deck at an HDB estate in the eastern part of Singapore, 63-year-old Lim (not his real name) is a common sight in the area. Blind in one eye, he is also diabetic and has a mental disability. He is jobless, and it is difficult for him to take care of himself and his three-room HDB flat, where he lives alone. Unable to clean up after himself, Lim often wanders around public spaces nearby to escape the state of his home.

Lim’s situation may be extreme, but his plight is not all that uncommon.

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