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Classification of Generation Groups

Name

Born between

Early Baby Boomer

1947 & 1954

Late Baby Boomer

1955 & 1964

Gen X

1965 & 1980

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1981 & 1995

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     TALK: Share Your Views

Death Is Not The Only Way Out

"Somewhere in Singapore today, someone will commit suicide. Seven others will try, but help will come in time and they will survive.

"The same will happen again tomorrow, and every day.

"These are among the facts of life and death here, and this is how it has been for a long time.

"Looked at one way, Singapore's statistics for suicide say that much has stayed fairly stable over the years and there is nothing to be alarmed about.

"Viewed another way, however, you must wonder why the numbers have not come down despite a proliferation of support services and crisis helplines over the years."

Excerpt of article "Death is not the only way out" by ALAN JOHN in THE STRAITS TIMES of 5 Jul 2006 (Page 22)

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Singapore's Ageing Population

"Given the steadily increasing health needs of the older population, there are clearly policy options built around the concept of extending people's working lives.

"The United Kingdom, for example, is discussing raising the pensionable age from the current 65 to 68 by 2044.

"But are people aged 50 upwards unproductive burdens on society because they are consistently less able to perform modern economic activity than those younger?"

Excerpt of article "Singapore's Ageing Population: Not Quite Doomsday" by SARAH HARPER in THE STRAITS TIMES of 14 Jun 2006 (Page 23)

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     2006

     - Four duped into parting with their cash and valuables in scam

 

Key challenges facing public housing in Singapore

"Between now and 2030, the number of elderly aged 65 years or older will increase dramatically, from 300,000 to 900,000. 1 in 5 Singaporeans will be aged 65 and above by 2030.
"We will need to provide a wide range of housing options to meet the different financial needs and lifestyle preferences of the elderly, from smaller HDB flats like studio apartments, to private retirement housing with dedicated care facilities..."

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Singapore needs 60,000 babies yearly but gets 35,500 only

"Our own population is ageing - current projections show that one-in-five Singaporeans will be over the age of 65 by 2030...

"It has been two years since we introduced the parenthood package.

"Overall, we have seen some positive results - there were about 240 more births from January to June 2006 compared to the same period in 2005, and about 400 more births in 2005 compared to 2004. This is a positive reversal which comes after four consecutive years of decline..."

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     - Committee formed to steer Medisave use for chronic disease management

     - Survey shows more Singaporeans active in sports

 

Budget 2006 Speech

To help elderly and low-income Singaporeans cope with their healthcare needs, I will top up the Eldercare Fund and Medifund by $100 million each.

For Singaporeans aged 50 and above, I will top-up their CPF Special or Retirement and Medisave accounts. These top-ups will be tiered by age and Annual Value (AV).

Those aged 60 and above who live in a property with an AV of $6,000 and below will get the largest top-up of $800.  Those aged between 50 and 59 staying in properties with AV above $10,000 will receive the lowest amount of $100.  We will divide the top-ups equally between the CPF Special or Retirement Account and the Medisave Account to cater to both retirement and healthcare needs.  The top-ups will be made on 1 May 2006.  They are expected to cost the Government $500 million. 

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     - Report on the Ageing Singapore Population

 

Prime Minister's Chinese New Year Message 2006

"Our society will have to make many adjustments as our population grows older. We need to put in place policies and programmes to enable Singaporeans to live more meaningful and fulfilling lives in their golden years.

"We must review issues such as elder-friendly housing, barrier-free access to buildings and public transport, and affordable medical care during old age. These issues will become increasingly important to the growing numbers of senior citizens. The Committee on Ageing Issues (CAI) has been studying them and will publish its report soon.

"In addition, the Tripartite Committee on Employability of Older Workers has just put out its recommendations to make it easier for older workers to stay employed. The Government supports these recommendations, and will work with its tripartite partners to help older workers upgrade their skills, find jobs, and contribute in productive ways to our society..."

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Is Class B2/C Hospitalisation Affordable?

"As a result of direct Government subsidies, the average Class B2/C bills are relatively modest. In 2004, the average bill size for Class B2 and C wards were around $1,050 and $800 respectively...

"As at end-December 2004, the average Medisave balance for all active accounts was $17,321. This is enough to cover more than 20 times the average Class C hospital bill or 10 times the 90th percentile Class C bill..."

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"Tailor-maid for the elderly" The Straits Times 11 Jan 2006 (4)

"...According to the Ministry of Manpower, there are 150,000 foreign domestic workers in Singapore. But it was unable to say how many were hired specifically to look after the elderly.

"Maid agencies interviewed estimate that 30 per cent of the 150,000 figure - or 45,000 - are engaged for that purpose, with employers generally preferring Indonesians..."

     2005

CPF - Future Directions

"By 2030, one in five Singaporeans will be at least 60 years old. With families getting smaller, we will have fewer children around to support us in our old age.

"Part of the answer is to get workers to work longer and retire later. But another part is to ensure that Singaporeans have enough savings to continue enjoying financial security and good medical care throughout our lives.....

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     - Emergency ambulance statistics for 1st half 2005

 

Review of housing options for the elderly

"To encourage extended family living, HDB will extend the $12,000 monthly income ceiling to extended families buying resale HDB flats with the CPF Housing Grant. The revised policy will apply with immediate effect...

"To facilitate the elderly to buy SAs, buyers aged at least 55 years will now be able to use their CPF to buy SAs after they have set aside at least the full cash component of their Minimum Sum...

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     - HDB Sample Household Survey 2003

 

Monday with the Editor: Are you a Baby Boomer?

"...In 1980, nine working age persons supported each elderly. By 2030, there will only be two working persons supporting each elderly..." 

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   Books

 

Book Review: The Gift Of Age by RSVP Singapore

The Gift Of Age is a book written by already-old Singaporeans for Singaporeans who are growing old, as well as for the younger generation. It dishes out timely advice on how to age gracefully. Twenty-eight local celebrities, whose names appear to the left of this article, share their experiences in growing old.

 

A Ripe Old Age

Edited by Kua Ee Heok & Ko Soo Meng

This book will fill the lacunae of knowledge on ageing in Singapore and help elderly and young people have a better understanding and perspective of ageing. It is not a pedestrian book about arid facts but covers a broad spectrum of topics on ageing like nutrition and longevity, cognitive changes and coping with grief. Marital and sexual relationships are discussed with candour by specialists in these fields

Published in 1998 by Sage Publication. ISBN 981-04-0739-4

  Spotlight

Dr Vivian Balakrishnan:

 

"...MCYS’ and MOH’s budget for eldercare services for FY05 translates to a total of $98 million, comprising $12 million from MCYS and $86 million from MOH. This represents an annual growth of 4.5% from $82 million in FY2001. 

 

"Much of MCYS’ expenditure for the elderly goes into the Eldercare Masterplan, where we fund VWOs to run a range of eldercare services.  They range from developmental programmes for the healthy to services for the frail.  We are currently reviewing our range of services and developing a new Eldercare Masterplan for FY2006 to FY2010 in consultation with our service providers and users.

 

Employment Opportunities for Older Workers

 

"...creating job opportunities for older Singaporeans.  This is one of the CAI’s priority areas.  As a start, we need to review the retirement age policy, identify employment opportunities for the elderly, promote elder-friendly work and HR practices, and explore the possibility of establishing informal industries and micro-credit as Ms Penny Low.  MCYS will work with relevant partners, including MOM, to address these issues.

 

"On informal industries, my Ministry will pilot a community platform where the elderly or homemakers can make a living selling their own products, crafts or service.  We will also study whether the lack of micro financing is an obstacle that prevents this from taking off.

 

Promoting Active Ageing

 

"...Remaining active after retirement, whether through work, volunteering, or pursuing a hobby, is important in delaying the onset of degenerative diseases typically affecting the elderly...

 

"To encourage active ageing, my Ministry runs the Active Seniors Programme (ASP for short).  This is a scheme that funds up to $200,000 to community groups who want to start projects that tap on the skills and experience of older Singaporeans.  Over 3,000 elderly volunteers have been mobilised under ASP projects.  One such project is a mentoring programme run by local NGO, the Retired and Senior Volunteer Programme (or RSVP for short) which engages seniors in mentoring latchkey students.

 

"To encourage more and a wider variety of projects, MCYS will set aside $200,000 out of the $1 million ASP fund for small-scale projects worth $10,000 or less. 

 

"My Ministry will organise more elderly-focused events, starting with an Inter-Generation Bonding Family Day in June 2005, and a Sports and Mind-Games Carnival in September 2005, in addition to the Senior Citizen’s Weeks every November.

 

"We will also give the elderly more reasons to be active.  Some businesses offer discounts to elderly during the annual Senior Citizens’ Week.  MCYS will build on this arrangement to introduce a Concessionary Card for seniors aged 65 and above.  Examples of benefits could include discounts at leisure and sports facilities, shopping centres and eateries.  In addition, MCYS will introduce an annual “Elder-Friendly Award” to organisations that adopt elder-friendly practices or provide elder-friendly infrastructure, services or products.

 

EXCERPTED FROM Source: www.mcys.gov.sg Press Release 11 Mar 2005

This section commenced on 12 Mar 2005.