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Meeting the challenges of retirement and integrating the disabled into the community

Authors:
VASOO S., TIONG Tan Ngoh
Journal article citation:
Asia Pacific Journal of Social Work, 6(1), March 1996, pp.1-5.
Publisher:
Times Academic

In view of future shortages of manpower and slower growth of populations in countries like Korea, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand, it is expected that the question of retirement from work will receive more attention. Discusses the issue of the ageing workforce and introduces special issue on social security and family concerns.

Journal article

Financial security protections in Malaysia, Singapore and Philippines: a perspective of two generations

Authors:
MOHD Saidatulakmal, et al
Journal article citation:
Hong Kong Journal of Social Work, 44(2), Winter 2010, pp.89-104.
Publisher:
World Scientific Publishing Company
Place of publication:
Singapore

Southeast Asian countries are experiencing a rapid aging of the population. This study investigated the formal and informal financial security protections of the elderly and how that compares with financial security preparedness of the younger generations in Malaysia, Singapore and the Philippines. The role of family support as important source of old-age protection in Asian countries was also investigated. Data were collected by means of interviews of working people aged 18 to 59 years and elderly people aged over 60 years in all 3 countries. The participants were: 250 working and 250 elderly people in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; 250 working and 250 elderly people in Manila, Philippines; and 206 working and 161 elderly people throughout Singapore. Venn diagrams were constructed to analyse the overlapping of availability of the various financial security protections for the 2 generations and their relative sizes among the 3 regions. The findings showed similar financial protection in all 3 countries. There was general agreement on the inadequacy of the formal old-age benefits, and many participants reverted to informal protections such as insurance, savings and family support. With the exception of Manila, reliance on the family support as perceived by the younger generations has lost its importance.

Journal article

Recent trends in elderly suicide rates in a multi-ethnic Asian city

Authors:
KUA Eee-Heok, KO Soo-Meng, NG Tze-Pin
Journal article citation:
International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 18(6), June 2003, pp.533-536.
Publisher:
Wiley-Blackwell

There are a few reports on the trends of elderly suicide rates in western countries but none from Asian countries. This article describe the trends of elderly suicide rates of Chinese, Malays and Indians in Singapore from 1991 to 2000. Overall, the suicide rates for the elderly showed a decline from 40.1 per 100,000 in 1990 to 17.8 per 100,000 in 2000, with the most pronounced decline occurring from 1995 to 2000. The suicide rate for elderly Chinese was at a peak of 52 per 100,000 in 1995 and declined to 20 per 100,000 in 2000. The rates for elderly Malays were consistently low at 2.2 per 100,000 for the 10 years; for elderly Indians the rates were between the other two ethnic groups. In the 10-year period, the elderly suicide rates in Singapore declined markedly, especially for elderly Chinese.

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