Is institutionalization the answer for the elderly? The case of Singapore [electronic resource] / Peggy Teo.

Teo, Peggy, author.
New York : United Nations, 1992.
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Asia-Pacific Population Journal Vol. 7, no. 1, p. 1-9

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Ageing of the population is a demographic phenomenon normally associated with developed countries. This particular trend is currently of concern to Singapore. In 1957, 43 per cent of the population was below 15 years of age, and the elderly aged 60 and over never exceeded 4 per cent of the total population. The median age of the population was at that time 18.8 years (Chen and Cheung, 1988). In 1989, persons aged 60 years and older comprised 8.6 per cent of the total population. In absolute numbers, this constituted 229,700 people (Department of Statistics, 1989). By 1987, the median age had matured to 28.4 years (Chen and Cheung, 1988). It has been projected that one in every four persons will be 60 years or older by the year 2030 (Ministry of Home Affairs, 1989). Data compiled from the U.S. Bureau of Census projected that, in Singapore, the increase in the number of elderly between 1985 and 2025 will be approximately 348 per cent, the second highest of 31 countries surveyed (Straits Times, 7 November 1988).
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