We’re very pleased to see that the discussion on how to meet the needs of older people is continuing — and deepening!
“It doesn’t mean that once I reach 60 years old, I become a different person; I stay at home and eat porridge and face the four walls.”‘How much is enough? Social workers and financial experts weigh in on meeting seniors’ basic needs‘ by Janice Lim (TODAYonline, 26 May 2019)
Throughout his presentation, Dr Ng repeatedly emphasised how participants were plagued by a pervading sense of anxiety. Many of them were extremely conscious of how old age is usually accompanied by declining health and consequently higher costs of healthcare. The sentiment of not wanting to feel like “a burden” to their families was a common thread as well.‘Basic Living Needs for the Elderly Include Smartphones and An Annual Holiday. So What?‘ by Ethel Pang (Rice Media, 26 May 2019)
Thank you to everyone who came yesterday for our packed launch event! If you missed it, you can catch up on the Tweets in the threads listed here:
Here is a round up of news reports on the study that we’ve found. If we’ve missed any, do comment and let us know!
- ‘Elderly people in Singapore need $1,379 a month for basic living standards: Study‘ (Yahoo Singapore, 23 May 2019)
- ‘Singapore seniors each need at least S$1,380 monthly to meet basic needs: Study‘ by Janice Lim (TODAYonline, 23 May 2019)
‘Study finds $1,379 a month needed to meet basic living standard for single elderly Singaporeans‘ by Yuen Sin (The Straits Times, 22 May 2019)
‘$1,379 – that’s how much an elderly person needs to survive in the world’s most expensive city‘ by Kok Xing Hui (The Edge, 22 May 2019)
‘Elderly in Singapore need S$1,379 a month for basic needs: Study‘ (Channel News Asia, 22 May 2019)
Do also check out the second explainer video from the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy!
Edited to add: Please note there has been a change of venue due to high demand. The talk will now take place at the Lobby of the Oei Tiong Ham Building at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy.
How much does an older person need for a basic standard of living in Singapore? While income security is a major goal in social policy, there has been no precise benchmark of how much people need to live adequately in Singapore. This study establishes the budgets that older adults need for a basic standard of living, through consensual focus groups where ordinary members of public deliberate and agree on the things required for people to meet their physical, emotional and social participation needs.
Join the research team (and moderator (Assoc Prof Kenneth Paul Tan) for a public talk presenting the results of this study.
- Venue: Lobby, Oei Tiong Ham Building, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy
- Date: 22 May 2019
- Time: 5.15-6.30pm
Seats are limited and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please register your interest in attending.