A study of the challenges faced by the Singaporean elderly and the effectiveness of the policy system
Tan, Judy Hui Ru
Date of Issue2016
School of Humanities and Social Sciences
This study aims to analyse the effectiveness of Singapore’s policy system, that reinforces family as the fundamental source of support for elderly, in meeting the needs of the aged population. With a focus on elderly with children, I examine the support they have from children, the challenges they face, and the impact of the policies on them. I conducted face-toface, semi-structured interviews with 15 elderly aged 60 and above. Using the theoretical framework of “social care” by Daly and Lewis (2000) that conceptualise care as a form of responsibility, costs, and labour, my findings reveal that participants without financial and emotional support from their children struggle financially with their living and healthcare expenses and tend to lack physical support. These suggest the limitations of the policy system in meeting the needs of this group of participants. I argue for more state support to be provided in the area of healthcare costs.
Final Year Project (FYP)
Nanyang Technological University