New PDF release: Ageing in Singapore: Service Needs and the State

By Et Al. Teo

ISBN-10: 0203966929

ISBN-13: 9780203966921

ISBN-10: 0415374871

ISBN-13: 9780415374873

Older individuals are usually portrayed as social and monetary burdens simply because pensions, health and wellbeing and social care need to stand up to expanding outdated age dependency ratios. as a result of an absence of entry to illustration or a scarcity of social and financial strength, older humans have discovered few possibilities to have their voices heard, making age an immensely political factor. Written by way of a magnificent workforce of authors, this book presents an in-depth research of the adventure of aging in Singapore studying key matters resembling well-being, paintings, housing, relatives ties and care giving. It seems 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. delivering unique serious 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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This age group appears to have a great deal of difficulty regaining employment once they have been retrenched. Data from 2002 when Singapore’s economy performed badly in line with a downturn in the global framework showed that among those workers who were retrenched the previous year, 15 per cent of those who were unable to find work 15 months later were above age 40 (Tay 2003). Recent government estimates suggest that older workers with tertiary education find it more difficult to find jobs compared to their less educated counterparts (The Straits Times 22 January 2005).

Singapore thus became an attractive location for computer, electronics and petro-chemical industries in the 1980s (Ho 1994; Tan 1995). In the 1990s, further updates in the form of R&D, wafer plants and pharmaceuticals added to the array of high value added industries (Wong 2001). The industry closest to acquiring worldclass status was certainly financial services which could compete with the likes of Hong Kong and Tokyo. 44 Employment, ageism and work The transformation had several implications for older people.

Notes 1 2 3 Ministry representatives include MCDS, MOH, Ministry of National Development (MND), Ministry of Manpower (MOM), among others. Besides Members of Parliament, there were representatives from NCSS, PA, SAGE, the Tsao Foundation, the Gerontological Society of Singapore, the Singapore National Employers Federation and research institutions like DOS. ‘Respect for elders is an integral apart of our Asian culture and way of life. When extended to our parents, it is filial piety, a duty due from a son or daughter.

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