Ageing Population

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Offer Details And Strategies To Help Financially-Strapped Older Singaporeans

While “the proportion of older Singaporeans who could meet their monthly household expenses and have some money left over increased by about half to 30 per cent from 2009 to 2017” (ST, May 10), the fact that 70.5 per cent of the 4,500 Singaporeans and permanent residents surveyed – aged 60 and above – believe that they have not been able to adequately meet their daily expenses warrants a deeper examination of the extent to which the elderly in the country are actually financially strapped, whether the combination of individual savings or personal income sources with familial and governmental support remains sustainable, and if there are serious systemic issues to be addressed. And if the cited factors for increased financial inadequacy, by the researchers, include the higher costs of living and rising healthcare expenses, for instance, what are the policies or strategies which might help alleviate the financial situation? Continue reading

Are Singaporeans Ready To Age In Place? Playing Catch-Up To Care For Singapore’s Ageing Population

Perhaps the question should not be “Are Singaporeans Ready for Ah Kong to Age in Place?”, but – especially for those approaching 65 in the next decade – “Are Singaporeans Ready to Age in Place?” A combination of taboo or stigma (of not talking about old-age experiences and death), uncertainty (over health, financial, or even employment issues), and the lack of knowledge (about home- or centre-based caregiving options) may have deterred Singaporeans from thinking or talking about these concerns, yet this lack of critical engagement limits discourse over what they truly need or prefer, vis-à-vis what is currently on offer. Lien Foundation’s recommendation to start “an informed conversation on what kind of care systems Singaporeans want”, in this vein, should be taken seriously. Continue reading

Domestic Workers Not Long-Term Solution For An Ageing Population

The fact that domestic workers in Singapore are forced to take on more roles and duties – as chauffeurs, as tutors, as illegal business workers, and “increasingly hired to care for the elderly or the disabled, and perform medical duties” (ST, Mar 12) – is probably reflective of two unsustainable socio-economic phenomena: that of the over-reliance on domestic workers and the lack of strong legislation to protect them, and that of the policies to care for an ageing population. And as a result of these suboptimal arrangements domestic workers are oftentimes overburdened, the elderly get less-than-adequate care, and the young families supporting and financing these individuals respectively are forced to shoulder more responsibilities. Everybody loses. Continue reading