On Wednesday (Mar 3), the Government said that it will proceed as planned with raising the retirement age by a year to 63 and the re-employment age to 68 on July 1 next year. The target is to raise these by another two years by the end of the decade. At a SMU event to launch survey findings from its Centre for Research on Successful Ageing (Rosa), Rosa Director and SMU Dean of Students and Professor of Sociology (Practice) Paulin Straughan said, "Our data consistently tells us that employment and employability remain key concerns." "We should not look at (older people) as liabilities, doing jobs that people do not want. That would be tragic for Singapore, where we have only human resource," she added. "We should look deeper into the value that they can bring to the work space – their life experiences (are something) you can't find in the younger pre-55 age group."