Sunday, 5 August 2018

Forum: Spend some quality time with elderly relatives

I live with my 84-year-old mother to keep her company, and have an 83-year-old aunt who lives with a maid.

My aunt called on several occasions, saying she would like to end her life. Reading between the lines, I think that she is feeling lonely more than anything else.

It was disheartening to read the Forum letters on elderly suicide. A number of the writers urged the Government to do more, sign up more volunteers or even legalise euthanasia.

I think many of us should ask ourselves what we can do. When did we last spend some quality time with our elderly parents?

A visit, a meal or even just a phone call to show our love to the elderly means more than anything else in the world to them.

Let's not look to the Government or volunteers to solve the elderly suicide problem.

If you have elderly people in the family or extended family, pick up the phone and give them a call.

Pay them a visit this week to show your love to them.

If there is past brokenness in the relationship, work on reconciliation.

I am sure the thought of suicide will not come to their minds when our elderly feel loved and appreciated.

Lim Kien Boon


Exceptional people: Douglas Yeo in Tham Luang Cave rescue

On June 23rd, thirteen boys aged 12-16 and their 21 year old football coach ventured into Tham Luang cave in Chiang Rai Thailand after football practice. Right after that, monsoon rains flooded the cave and trapped the boys deep inside for nine days before they were found and rescued.

One of the most complicated cave rescue missions to date, it took place over a three day period, and involved around 100 divers and about 20 medics.

Douglas Yeo was one of the volunteer rescue divers and the only Singaporean in the rescue mission.

Read all about his story on why he must help the boys here.

Superbugs now also becoming resistant to alcohol disinfectants

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Multidrug-resistant "superbugs" that can cause dangerous infections in hospitals are becoming increasingly resistant to alcohol-based hand sanitisers and disinfectants designed to hold them at bay, scientists said.

In a study of what the researchers described as a "new wave of superbugs", the team also found specific genetic changes over 20 years in vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus, or VRE - and were able to track and show its growing resistance.

VRE bugs can cause urinary tract, wound and bloodstream infections that are notoriously difficult to treat, mainly because they are resistant to several classes of antibiotics.

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E-waste a bigger problem than plastic waste

While there is plenty of focus on plastic waste, the more pressing issue facing Singapore is electronic waste, Environment and Water Resources Minister Masagos Zulkifli said yesterday.

"E-waste is very toxic. People underestimate the toxicity of the e-waste that we dispose of and for the longest time we weren't processing it," he said.

Plastics, on the other hand, were being collected properly and then incinerated, the minister said.

"And we scrub all the toxic dioxins when we incinerate."