Older persons are often portrayed as social and financial burdens because pensions, health and social care have to withstand increasing old age dependency ratios. It appears that in communist China, as in western democracies, former positions and allegiances in younger life help construct the experience of old age. The barriers may be classified as attitudinal, situational and institutional barriers. With the norm for young dual working-couples in Singapore, older parents who live together with their children often play essential instrumental roles such as caring for grandchildren, doing household chores and cooking for the whole family Teo et al. I propose that besides observational research, a more in-depth engagement through ethnographic case study, although much less common in intergenerational program research, is also important in providing rich, contextualized understanding of the development of an intergenerational program, particularly in a cross-cultural setting. Based on concerns about the common social challenges in Asia and the desire to bridge this part of the world with the established intergenerational field, the Asian MetaCentre for Population and Sustainable Development Analysis at the National University of Singapore organized the first international conference in Asia on intergenerational programming in Singapore in March 2002. Older persons are often portrayed as social and financial burdens because pensions, health and social care have to withstand increasing old age dependency ratios.
As feminist scholars and activists challenge existing state policies, societal norms, and corporate practices, we must continually insert into conversation the question of class variations and inequalities. In constrained pairs, neither intergenerational partner was attentive. An examination of these questions underscores the dynamics and complexity of intergenerational relationships in changing Asian family contexts. Older persons are often portrayed as social and financial burdens because pensions, health and social care have to withstand increasing old age dependency ratios. After marriage, the women desired to be integrated in the local community and were committed to the extended family norm. The chapter shows how traditional values are changing in the Asia-Pacific region and the degree to which such changes vary across societies, posing new risks of exclusion for some older people.
It has become a life-long provision through a portfolio of continuous managed investment. In 2013, eleven per cent of its population was above 65 years and these form the bulk of older adult learners. Kua's study of elderly Chinese Singaporeans provides comprehensive insight into elderly psyches and neighborhood social integration Kua 1994. A majority said they are interested in or attracted to men, but a large majority said they are opposed to remarriage or consider it impossible. The results indicate remarkable similarities in the well-being of the widows and widowers.
In the era of global ageing, amid political concerns about increasing care needs and long-term sustainability of current care regimes, most high-income economies are seeking to minimise the use of institutional care and to expand formal home care for their older populations. Drawn from qualitative interviews with three generations conducted in Japan and Singapore, the authors explore the diverse roles of Asian grandparents in the family and show the co-existence of contradictory roles in this article. Policy Concerns and the Framework of Support 4. Conclusion: Ethnicity was a significant predictor of future falls among older Singaporeans. China is a rapidly ageing nation.
The future is optimistic as the new generation of baby boomers has the motivation, the resources and the capability to take advantage of the societal opportunities for informal and formal learning. Baseline assessment included handgrip strength, global cognitive function, mobility difficulties, health and psychosocial status. For both old men and old women however, the special position they occupy with respect to contemporary society gives death a particular and unique resonance. Primarily based on qualitative data from in-depth interviews in Bali Indonesia in 2010, this article explains why and how reverse marriage migration takes place from the Japanese wives' point of view. This study uses nurses' input to understand challenges faced during home care, to derive a framework to address the challenges.
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. Socio-political changes mean that more open discussion is now becoming acceptable and is appearing in Singapore, Hong Kong, China, Taiwan and elsewhere. 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. The research was carried out mainly during fieldwork among senior volunteer groups in Kobe from late 2001 to early 2002, primarily through qualitative approaches of interviews and participant observation. Results show that households and families are changing in Asia while elements of the old remain. We then provide a history of State responses since 1982 focusing more specifically on policies surrounding social support of the elderly and health care.
In this chapter, the core perspectives and theoretical framework guiding this research are introduced, and drawing on the literature, a heuristic framework is proposed within which the research questions are addressed. However, these findings may not be causal because caregiving and health outcomes were observed simultaneously in our data. To understand how caring for grandchildren affects the physical and mental health of grandparents in Taiwan. Interviews were transcribed verbatim and transcripts independently coded for emergent themes. University of California Press, Berkeley, 1983 theory of emotion work is presented to explain how daughters accommodate the competing demands and inherent contradictions of professional employment and family responsibilities and resolve inner conflicts over parent care. The focus of this chapter is on the development and current status of older adult education in the Singaporean context.
This scheme is in fact encouraged and supported in Singapore through its housing policies Teo, 2006. This particular edition is in a Paperback format. Singaporeans have been reminded that the family should be the first line of defense for aging families, followed by the community - the state would step in as the last resort. Contents: Singapore's ageing population : the demographic profile -- Policy concerns and the framework of support -- Employment, ageism and work -- Is there enough? 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. Thus, gerontologists have been interested in studying the effects of bereavement on widowed persons' well-being, their methods of coping with such loss, and factors that contribute to or interfere with adjustment to widowhood.
Spatial aggregation of individual cases circumvents the problem of patient confidentiality, and produces spatial series containing valuable scientific information generally ignored by traditional epidemiologists. The government does not directly administer social services, but instead chooses to subsidize non-profit organizations that provide social services for the elderly. Singapore provides an excellent example of these coordinated efforts. The respondents' overall quality of life was moderately high. A survey of elderly Chinese, Malay, and Indian widows and widowers shows them overwhelmingly negative or indifferent to ideas of remarriage, although there are some variations by ethnic group and gender. It reveals a range of perspectives on the growing numbers of Singapore seniors and their families beginning to consider Johor as a post-retirement alternative to an over-priced and overcrowded Singapore to satisfy their needs and desires for more affordable medical and residential care, larger homes and greater independence.