Ageing in Singapore: Service Needs and the State by Et Al. Teo

By Et Al. Teo

Older individuals are usually portrayed as social and monetary burdens simply because pensions, healthiness and social care need to stand up to expanding previous age dependency ratios. because of a scarcity of entry to illustration or an absence of social and fiscal strength, older humans have stumbled on few possibilities to have their voices heard, making age an immensely political factor. Written by way of a powerful group of authors, this book offers an in-depth research of the event of growing old in Singapore studying key concerns reminiscent of healthiness, paintings, housing, kin ties and care giving. It appears to be like at how social categorization enters into way of life to explain the a number of meanings of age and id encountered in a speedily altering economic system and society. offering 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, provider practitioners and students engaged on Asian gerontology.

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More important, it makes economic sense because it shifts the burden to the individual and prevents the depletion of economic reserves in the country. So far, the ‘economic sense’ of the policies to do with ageing is well assured. The state’s expenditure on social security and welfare has been very low for a country with such a high per capita income. 2 per cent in the US (International Monetary Fund (IMF) 1996). However, it is becoming increasingly challenging to place primary reliance on the family as rapid social changes – such as the norm of dual-income couples, decline in family size and globalization providing work opportunities outside Singapore – have affected the family’s capacity to provide care.

Indeed, a look at the historical framework of care shows that informal ways of meeting needs were prevalent long before the establishment of modern social welfare services. After the British colonized Singapore in 1819, the development of Singapore into a trading port attracted an influx of immigrants mainly from China, India and other neighbouring regions. With the policy of laissez faire providing hardly any form of support from the colonial government, the immigrants depended on informal help from relatives and others from the same province of origin.

If the crisis following independence was to build from virtually ground zero a modern economy, the crisis of the 1980s was the destabilization and even jeopardy of Singapore’s achievements because of global competition. To many Singaporeans, the strategy to introduce high-tech manufacturing was deemed necessary to keep the nation-state’s economy afloat and to prevent high unemployment. To keep the economy vibrant, groups of people would have to be ‘set aside’ to help the city-state in its striving to achieve global city status.

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