New research institute in Singapore

Dr Amy Khor, Senior Minister of State for Health and Manpower, graced the launch of the Next Age Institute.

Care support for older persons and financing retirement adequacy are just a few things that a new research institute will be tackling. The Next Age Institute (NAI) was recently set up by the National University of Singapore (NUS) Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences in partnership with the Washington University of St Louis (WUSTL) to study, design and test social innovations to address social issues arising from an ageing population.

Its work will bring together multidisciplinary and international expertise of both universities including social work, economics, social sciences, law, nursing, medicine, public health, engineering and architecture, to find solutions. NAI will also promote knowledge exchange and learning opportunities between faculty members and students of both universities, with the long-term goal of benefitting communities in Singapore, US and beyond. Shared A/Prof Corinne Ghoh, NAI co-director (NUS), “By embarking on research in both Singapore and the US, NAI can compare strategies, test-bed solutions and inform policy innovations in Asia and the West.”

NAI will work with the Centre for Social Development Asia at the NUS Department of Social Work for its first project, where it will be partnering with three restructured hospitals in Singapore – Singapore General Hospital, Changi General Hospital and Tan Tock Seng Hospital – to pilot-test a research on transition of care for older persons from acute to post-acute care services.

The pilot study will begin in the second half of the year following some 30 families over a 12-month period. In this study, a multidisciplinary team of researchers in NUS from disciplines including economics, social work, public health, geography and business will work with the hospitals. The findings will be shared and disseminated, and discussions and consultations will be held with policymakers and stakeholders.

NAI will also embark on other research projects, including examining alternative options for financing retirement needs of home-owning elderly in Singapore, and contributing to deliberations on pensions and retirement at the upcoming 2015 Singapore Economic Review Conference to be held in August 2015.


(** PHOTO CREDIT: National University of Singapore)


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