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Older Persons in Southeast Asia

"The rapid Asian fertility transitions of the last few decades will lead to population ageing in the coming decades in one country after another. Societies can choose how they will respond to the rising share of the elderly, but there is no choice about the inevitable demographic trend. In this important volume, ably edited by Evi Nurvidya Arifin and Aris Ananta, demographers, economists, sociologists, and anthropologists analyse the implications of population ageing for family and community welfare and public policy. Most importantly, the authors emphasize the opportunities, as well as the costs of population ageing. Older persons have always been a source of unpaid family labour, and with changes in public perceptions, many healthy and productive elderly can make significant contributions to the broader community and society." - Professor Charles Hirschman, Professor of Sociology, University of Washington. "Ageing is increasingly being recognized as an important emerging issue in Southeast Asia. This book is a timely contribution covering key issues and concerns on the subject and is a clear clarion call to view older persons as assets rather than liabilities. The comprehensive overview and analysis, and experiences from various countries presented by scholars make this book a useful resource for better understanding of the critical issues. The thoughtful proposals provided for necessary future action on concerns that need to be addressed are worthy of consideration especially for building inclusive societies." - Dr Thelma Kay, Director, Social Development Division, UNESCAP, Bangkok. "A welcome and timely volume that realistically considers the challenges that the rapid increase in older persons pose for the family, community and society at large in the context of Southeast Asia. Most importantly, it shifts the focus from viewing older persons simply as liabilities to one that recognizes their value as an asset that can be enhanced through appropriate actions at each of these levels, especially ones that take into account the rapidly changing socio-economic and technological environment in which population ageing is taking place." - Professor John Knodel, Research Professor Emeritus, Population Studies Center and Professor Emeritus, Sociology, University of Michigan.
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PART I. INTRODUCTION; 1. Older Persons in Southeast Asia: from Liabilities to Asset by Aris Ananta and Evi Nurvidya Arifin; 2. Future Ageing in Southeast Asia: Demographic Trends, Human Capital, and Health Status by Wolfgang Lutz, Samir K. C., Hafiz T. A. Khan, Sergei Scherbov, and George W. Leeson; PART II. OLD AGE INCOME SECURITY; 3. Economic and Old Age: The Singapore Experience by David Reisman; 4. National Long Term Care Severe Disability Insurance in Singapore by Gerald Choon-Huat Koh; 5. Social Security and Health Care Financing for Older Persons: The Challenges of Ageing Society in Thailand by Kusol Soonthorndhada; 6. An Exploration for a Universal Non-Contributory Pension Scheme in Vietnam by Giang Thanh Long and Wade Donald Pfau; PART III. EMPLOYMENT AND OTHER SOURCES OF FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTION; 7. Employment of Older Persons: Diversity Across Nations and Sub-Nations in Southeast Asia by Evi Nurvidya Arifin and Aris Ananta; 8. Work, Income, and Expenditure Patterns of the Filipino Elderly and Near-Elderly Women of Metro Cebu by Socorro A. Gultiano and Sonny S. Agustin; 9. Employability Approach to Financing Old Age by Chew Soon Beng and Rosalind Chew; 10. Facing the Geriatric Wave in Indonesia: Financial Conditions and Social Supports by Tri Budi W. Rahardjo, Tony Hartono, Vita Priantina Dewi, Eef Hogervorst and Evi Nurvidya Arifin; PART IV. AGEING, MIGRATION, AND DEVELOPMENT; 11. The Nexus of Ageing and Migration in Singapore by Kalyani K. Mehta; 12. Overseas Labour Migration and Well-being of Older Filipinos by Grace T. Cruz and Elma P. Laguna; 13. Urbanisation on the Ageing Community in Sarawak, Malaysia by Ling How Kee; PART V. ROLES OF GOVERNMENT AND CIVIL SOCIETY; 14. Ageing, Finance and Civil Society in Southeast Asia: Notes for an Agenda by Philip Kreager; 15. Evaluation and Implementation of Ageing Related Policies in Indonesia by Nugroho Abikusno.

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