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Offer Details And Strategies To Help Financially-Strapped Older Singaporeans

While “the proportion of older Singaporeans who could meet their monthly household expenses and have some money left over increased by about half to 30 per cent from 2009 to 2017” (ST, May 10), the fact that 70.5 per cent of the 4,500 Singaporeans and permanent residents surveyed – aged 60 and above – believe that they have not been able to adequately meet their daily expenses warrants a deeper examination of the extent to which the elderly in the country are actually financially strapped, whether the combination of individual savings or personal income sources with familial and governmental support remains sustainable, and if there are serious systemic issues to be addressed. And if the cited factors for increased financial inadequacy, by the researchers, include the higher costs of living and rising healthcare expenses, for instance, what are the policies or strategies which might help alleviate the financial situation? Continue reading

Confronting Singapore’s Subpar Care Of Its Elderly

From a policy perspective – and with the intent of helping all elderly Singaporeans age gracefully and successfully, notwithstanding the varied and non-dichotomised definitions of success – the questions which follow the excellent piece about help given to the elderly and the poor (ST, Apr. 7) revolve around the evolving needs of an ageing but underprepared population, the responsibilities of the government and non-profit organisation, as well as the effectiveness of existing programmes and services. More importantly, drawing from the perspectives of those who require help, the caregivers who provide the help, and the organisations which facilitate these interactions, and turning to best practices within and beyond the country, what policy changes are needed to improve the Singaporean ageing experience? Continue reading

Reduce Individual Caregiver Burdens; Strengthen Communities For Caregiving

The new Caregiver Support Action plan, which seeks so strengthen government support for senior caregiving (ST, Feb. 21), sidesteps two important, related, and fundamental challenges to caregiving in Singapore: First, the persistent over-reliance on individual caregivers – either family members or foreign domestic workers – whose experiences are also not necessarily well-understood, to care for loved ones:, and second, the urgent need to strengthen communities and institutions for caregiving, emphasising not only the self-reliance of individual- or family-based systems but also the further professionalisation of the sector and improvements for productivity gains. Continue reading

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