A rapidly ageing population is the most significant demographic issue confronting Singapore in our lifetime. This has created new and increasing demands on Singapore's healthcare system and on the families of the older adults. The challenge is in providing a system of care that is humane, effective and sustainable financially. This requires coordination between state funded providers, the family and the community. This book offers a multi-disciplinary perspective by researchers from various disciplines such as medicine, sociology, anthropology and law on managing healthcare and end-of-life decisions in Singapore. Providing information and suggestions for better policy formulation towards the aged, this book is an invaluable resource for policy makers, serivce practitioners and scholars working on Asian gerontology.
1.Introduction Wing-Cheong Chan 2. Overview of health and ageing issues in the Asia-Pacific region David R Phillips 3. Chronic disease, functional status and quality of life among the elderly in Singapore Tze Pin Ng 4. Managing later life and health: A study of older Chinese men living alone in Singapore Leng Leng Thang 5. Caregiving burden for terminally ill patients among the Chinese in Singapore Angelique Chan, Chetna Malhotra, Ivan MH Woo and Cynthia R Goh 6. Victims of elder abuse in Singapore: A study of cases at TRANS SAFE centre Wing-Cheong Chan 7. Where the elderly die: The influence of socio-demographic factors and cause of death on people dying at home Arthur KL Beng, Chee Weng Fong, Eugene Shum, Cynthia R Goh, Kee Tai Goh and Suok Kai Chew 8. The elderly patient and the healthcare decision-making framework in Singapore Tracey Evans Chan 9. Shifting landscapes: Law and the end-of-life in Singapore Terry Kaan 10. Decriminalising physician-assisted suicide in Singapore Puay San Toh and Stanley Yeo 11. Ethical issues in research involving the aged and terminally ill population Hui Cheng Tan and Tuck Wai Chan