Ageing Societies and the Need for Social Capital |

Ageing Societies and the Need for Social Capital


By 2050, it is estimated that there will be a total of 1.2 billion people over the age of 60. This is projected to increase to 2 billion in 2050, of which 80% will come from developing countries. The maintenance of health status and functioning with age is hence crucial as it has impact on other areas of older persons' lives, their families and communities.

However, falling fertility rates and high labour participation rates of women have resulted in drastic demographic changes in many societies. Inadequate social support to the elderly has increasingly become a problem and this is often associated with decrease in overall health and general well-being. Community groups such as Elderly Activity Clubs (EACs) have found to be effective intervention measures in preventing social alienation and cognitive disorders. However, collective action in communities to tackle the ageing problem is often weak due to the lack of social capital and many community programs for the elderly face early termination.

This presentation will examine the success case of EACs in Japan, and present findings of the unique situational variables that foster cooperation in these EACs thus ensuring their long-run sustainability.

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Ms. Tania Ng, Visiting Scholar, Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis, Indiana Universi

Tuesday, 16 August 2011
12.15 p.m. - 1.30 p.m.

Seminar Room 3-5
Level 3, Manasseh Meyer
Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy
469C Bukit Timah Road
Singapore 259772

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