By Et Al. Teo

Older people are frequently portrayed as social and fiscal burdens simply because pensions, wellbeing and fitness and social care need to face up to expanding previous age dependency ratios. as a result of a scarcity of entry to illustration or an absence of social and fiscal energy, older humans have came across few possibilities to have their voices heard, making age an immensely political factor. Written via a magnificent group of authors, this book offers an in-depth research of the event of growing old in Singapore reading key concerns comparable to well-being, paintings, housing, kin ties and care giving. It appears to be like at how social categorization enters into daily life to clarify the a number of meanings of age and identification encountered in a speedily altering economic climate and society. supplying unique severe discourse from Asian writers recording Asian voices, getting old in Singapore will attract a large readership and is a useful source for coverage makers, carrier practitioners and students engaged on Asian gerontology.

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The quantitative data are derived from the survey of 1,977 older adults in 1999 while the qualitative data come from the 2003 focus group discussions with older respondents and service providers as outlined in Chapter 1. Secondary data are also incorporated to provide a more comprehensive picture where needed. Economic progress and the older worker In the US, Estes (1979; 1983) and Myles (1991) have argued that crisis construction and management have made significant impacts on the social process of ageing.

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said at his 2005 National Day Rally speech that ‘older workers must learn to adjust, adapt, learn new skills’ (The Straits Times 22 August 2005a: H2). As Singapore advances to a ‘silver society’, people have to ‘work longer ... the key is in changing attitudes – the workers’ attitudes as well as the employers’ attitudes’ so that Singapore will not be eclipsed by its neighbours (The Straits Times 22 August 2005a: H2). He warned: Employment, ageism and work 45 The countries which are better than us are getting cheaper and the countries which are cheaper than us are getting better and the scissors are closing and we are in the middle.

Some, such as acute care hospitals and community hospitals, are under the government. g. day care or the befrienders’ service, are run by VWOs. In terms of geographical distribution, there is a lack of congruency between the location of health services and where older persons are concentrated. 2). 2). These are relatively newer estates and have better facilities but they are not where the older population is concentrated at present. 2). Social services offer a slightly better match between location of service and concentrations of older persons.

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