Sunday, 23 September 2018

New scheme for people to appoint professional proxies should they lose mental capacity in future

A scheme has been launched to allow individuals to appoint professionals to act as their proxies and make decisions on their behalf, should they lose their mental capacity in the future.

This was announced by the Office of the Public Guardian and the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) on Friday (Sep 21).

Under the newly launched Professional Deputies and Donees scheme, qualified individuals - such as lawyers, accountants, medical practitioners and social workers - will be able to help vulnerable people such as the elderly who have no family to make decisions about their personal welfare or property.

The difference between a professional deputy and donee is that the former is appointed by the Family Justice Courts through a Court order for a person who has lost mental capacity. A professional donee is appointed by a person who still has mental capacity to do so.

Professional deputies and donees will be paid for their services.

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Children inherit their intelligence from their mother, not their father

A mother's genetics determines how clever her children are, according to researchers, and the father makes no difference.

Women are more likely to transmit intelligence genes to their children because they are carried on the X chromosome and women have two of these, while men only have one.

But in addition to this, scientists now believe genes for advanced cognitive functions which are inherited from the father may be automatically deactivated.


The risks to children from adults who smoke

Adults who wish to avoid exposure to second-hand smoke have options. Among my strategies: I don’t allow smoking in my home or car; I have no friends or close family members who smoke; I walk in front of smokers or cross the street to avoid them; I eat inside restaurants; and I hold my breath when passing smokers outside stores and office buildings.

But children are at the mercy of the smokers in their lives - not just parents and other relatives who smoke, but also babysitters, day-care workers, school bus attendants, even teachers.

Although smokers may refrain from lighting up around children, the youngsters they contact are exposed to health-robbing toxicants in third-hand smoke, the residue that lingers on furniture, clothing and skin. If you’re a non-smoker, I’m sure you can smell a smoker at arm’s length. Do you really want that person holding your baby?

While only a quarter of Americans now smoke, as many as half of youngsters are chronically exposed to second-hand and third-hand smoke. And, experts say, many of these youngsters pay a price with their health, now and in the future.


Exceptional people: Singapore para-rider Laurentia Tan wins silver in world meet

Tan, who has one silver and three bronze medals from the Paralympics, applauding gold medallist Sara Morganti on the podium.PHOTO: ST