Issue 20 January 2019, Jan 2019
The Future of Ageing
Rising affluence and scientific advances have allowed an unprecedented number of people to live longer, healthier lives the world over. But population ageing has also raised new economic and social concerns. How might the narrative of ageing be reframed, in light of technological advances, changing expectations of work and retirement, and demographic shifts? Ethos #20 considers the future of ageing in Singapore, as it seeks to become a city in which citizens of all ages can feel involved, empowered and active.
What's new in this issue
By increasing seniors’ productive capacity, strengthening the ecoysystem functional capacity and changing the social narrative, we can turn ageing from a societal liability to a productive asset for the nation.
While age and educational background are key factors influencing our ability to learn, a recent study suggests that enabling technologies and learning methods can help seniors to go further.
Even as governments around the world confront greying populations and their implications, advances in technology and medicine are extending lifespans and healthspans, challenging assumptions about what it means to age.
Technology can be of profound benefit to seniors and their supporters—but it has to be adaptable to individual needs and contexts to be truly useful.
A Nanyang Technological University team is developing simulation tools to help seniors learn important skills at their own pace.
"I enjoy a quality of life that is not burdening myself, not burdening my family, not burdening society, and by extension, not burdening the nation. In fact, I’m contributing. I would like to have this dream job as long as possible." — John Franklin Siregar