By Et Al. Teo

ISBN-10: 0203966929

ISBN-13: 9780203966921

ISBN-10: 0415374871

ISBN-13: 9780415374873

Older people are usually portrayed as social and monetary burdens simply because pensions, future health and social care need to face up to expanding previous age dependency ratios. as a result of a scarcity of entry to illustration or a scarcity of social and monetary strength, older humans have came across few possibilities to have their voices heard, making age an immensely political factor. Written by way of a powerful workforce of authors, this book presents an in-depth research of the event of getting older in Singapore studying key concerns resembling well-being, paintings, housing, kinfolk ties and care giving. It seems to be at how social categorization enters into daily life to explain the a number of meanings of age and id encountered in a swiftly altering financial system and society. delivering unique severe discourse from Asian writers recording Asian voices, growing older in Singapore will entice a large readership and is a useful source for coverage makers, provider practitioners and students engaged on Asian gerontology.

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As a major entrepôt trading centre in Southeast Asia in colonial times, Singapore has always been connected to international trade and economic trends. Since independence in 1965, the government has planned and implemented several industrialization strategies and relevant policies to create and sustain Singapore’s economic competitiveness in the face of regional and global competition. For instance, in the 1960s, Singapore embarked on its first industrialization programme. Given that Singapore was resource poor and local entrepreneurs lacked experience, the state saw fit to depend on foreign capital to develop Singapore’s economy (Teo et al.

Older workers so that they do not] ... stagnate, or worse become redundant’ (then Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong quoted by National Productivity Board (NPB) 1989: i). This rhetoric continues today. 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).

In September 1998, a high-level IMC on the Ageing Population was formed for a comprehensive look at all the policies. This resulted in a report in November 1999 which forms the basis of ageing policies and programmes that follow (IMC on the Ageing Population 1999). A new Eldercare Master Plan was launched for fiscal years 2001 to 2005 (Ministry of Community Development and Sports (MCDS) 2001). Mehta and Vasoo (2000) note two characteristics in the formation of ageing policies. First, public responses were included in the committee’s deliberations.

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