Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Books on the Ageing Population in Asia

This is a selection of books on Asia’s ageing population.

Older Persons in Southeast Asia: An Emerging Asset edited by Evi Nurvidya Arifin and Aris Ananta. We all know that today's demographic trends will inevitably mean that the proportion of elderly in Asia's ever-growing population will continue to increase. In these 15 papers 26 specialists address many aspects of implications of this not-necessarily-negative fact. After introductory overviews in Part 1, Part 2 looks at aspects of income security with reference to approaches in Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. Part 3 considers employment and other sources of financial and social support. Part 4 examines ageing, migration, and development issues with reference to experiences in Singapore, the Philippines and Sarawak. The final two papers discuss interactive issues of government, civil society and policy implementation. With index and separate bibliographies.

Ageing in Southeast and East Asia: Family, Social Protection and Policy Challenges edited by Lee Hock Guan. Southeast and East Asian countries are undergoing varying stages of population ageing. The social, economic and political implications of population ageing will be enormous, and because of the fast speed of ageing in the region, the countries cannot afford the luxury of time for the gradual evolution of social and structural support systems and networks for the older population. The papers in this volume are selected from those presented at a 2004 workshop on Ageing and the Status of the Older Population in Southeast Asia. They critically examine national ageing policies and programmes, the sustainability of existing pension systems, housing and living arrangements, inter-generational transfer, and aspects of quality of life of the elderly population in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Korea and Japan. While the findings show that most Southeast Asian countries have started to formulate and implement national ageing policies, they also indicate that the existing policies are by and large inadequate and underdeveloped in serving the needs of the older population and indeed much more must be done to prepare for the future.

Ageing in Singapore: Service Needs and the State by Peggy Teo, Kalyani Mehta, Leng Leng Thang et al.. Older persons are often portrayed as social and financial burdens because pensions, health and social care have to withstand increasing old age dependency ratios. Due to a lack of access to representation or a lack of social and economic power, older people have found few opportunities to have their voices heard, making age an immensely political issue. Written by an impressive team of authors, this book provides an in-depth analysis of the experience of ageing in Singapore examining key issues such as health, work, housing, family ties and care giving. It looks at how social categorization enters into everyday life to elucidate the multiple meanings of age and identity encountered in a rapidly changing economy and society. Providing original critical discourse from Asian writers recording Asian voices, this work will appeal to a wide readership and is an invaluable resource for policy makers, service practitioners and scholars working on Asian gerontology.

Ageing and Long Term Care: National Policies in the Asia-Pacific edited by David R. Phillips , David R. and Alfred C. M. Chan. This study of ageing & long term care policies in the APR was prepared by the Ageing Research Network of the Asian Development Research Forum for the year 2002 World Assembly on Ageing. The introduction addresses the aims, methods & terminology used in the case studies, which include reference material and tabulated data. Present policies & future needs in Hong Kong, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore & Thailand are clearly set out. Bibliography on general & local issues.

From Elder to Ancestor: Old Age, Death and Inheritance in Modern Korea by David Prendergast. This insightful account of the treatment and provision for an ageing population in South Korea is based on intensive fieldwork in the county of Puan. The structure of the book revolves around an analysis of the roles of the individual and family, including issues such as theory and practice of residence and retirement; village funerals; recent transformations in Korean mortuary practices; inheritance and the Korean family; Korea's looming ageing population crisis; and filial piety and the structural construction of kin responsibilities. With glossary, bibliography and index.

The Glittering Silver Market: The Rise of the Elderly Consumers in Asia by Hedrick-Wong Yuwa. Throughout the world there is an ongoing increase in the elderly consumer market and its impact in Asia is the focus of this clearly organised. After an overview of ageing patterns, tabulated economic and demographic data are provided for each chapter on: Ageing Japan; Affluent Asia (i.e. Australia, Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Singapore); Emerging China; Emerging Asia: Malaysia, Thailand, Philippines and India; and a final chapter on immediately appropriate changes in focus by marketers, in the workplace and in public perceptions. Index.

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