Ageing in Singapore
Service needs and the state
Routledge – 2006 – 192 pages
Older persons are often portrayed as social and financial burdens because pensions, health and social care have to withstand increasing old age dependency ratios. Due to a lack of access to representation or a lack of social and economic power, older people have found few opportunities to have their voices heard, making age an immensely political issue.
Written by an impressive team of authors, this book provides an in-depth analysis of the experience of ageing in Singapore examining key issues such as health, work, housing, family ties and care giving. It looks at how social categorization enters into everyday life to elucidate the multiple meanings of age and identity encountered in a rapidly changing economy and society.
Providing original critical discourse from Asian writers recording Asian voices, Ageing in Singapore will appeal to a wide readership and is an invaluable resource for policy makers, service practitioners and scholars working on Asian gerontology.
1. Introduction 2. Singapore's Ageing Population: The Demographic Profile 3. Policy Concerns and the Framework of Support 4. Employment, Ageism and Work 5. Is there Enough? Financing Old Age 6. Reconciling State Perspectives and Individual Perceptions on Health Care 7. Carers: Interfacing Family and Community 8. Home and Heart: Domestic Space as a Place for Caregiving 9. Intergenerational Ties that Bind 10. The Journey after Widowhood 11. Conclusion