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

By Et Al. Teo

Older individuals are usually portrayed as social and fiscal burdens simply because pensions, future health and social care need to stand up to expanding outdated age dependency ratios.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 stumbled on few possibilities to have their voices heard, making age an immensely political factor. Written by means of a magnificent group of authors, this book presents an in-depth research of the event of growing older in Singapore studying key matters reminiscent of overall healthiness, paintings, housing, kinfolk ties and care giving. It appears to be like at how social categorization enters into daily life to clarify the a number of meanings of age and id encountered in a swiftly altering economic climate and society. supplying unique serious discourse from Asian writers recording Asian voices, getting old in Singapore will entice a large readership and is a useful source for coverage makers, carrier practitioners and students engaged on Asian gerontology.

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Not only was there a better quality of life for Singaporeans, many had secure jobs. The state gained much credence in the eyes of the population because it essentially ‘delivered the goods’. 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.

Specifically the government pursued a labour-intensive, export-oriented industrialization programme in manufacturing. The labour force was trained with the relevant expertise to attract major American, European and Japanese manufacturers who were looking for alternative low-cost production sites to relocate their labour-intensive operations. Singapore’s competitiveness provided the ideal choice as low wages, lack of labour unrest, good infrastructure and various tax and other incentives appealed to foreign direct investors.

2). 2). These are relatively newer estates and have better facilities but they are not where the older population is concentrated at present. 2). Social services offer a slightly better match between location of service and concentrations of older persons. 4), we see an overall increase which reflects rising demands from an ageing population. The increase is significant with regards to services catering to the needs of older persons staying at home, such as home help services (from 5 to 11), home nursing services (2 to 12) social day care (from 11 to 19) and day rehabilitation centres (from 21 to 25).

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