Family Caregiving for Elders Changing in Asia

Asia’s elderly can no longer rely so much on their children to take care of them, said Kanwaljit Soin, president of Women’s Initiative for Ageing Successfully, a Singapore support group.

“The elderly in Asia have traditionally relied on filial resources for old-age support, but the extent to which they can continue to do so has become increasingly uncertain,” she told the Ageing Asia Investment Forum in Singapore.

“As extended family networks wane and more modern ideas about marriage, family and individualism take hold”, the elderly “will have no other recourse but to turn to public or private institutions for support” she said.

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