Archive - November, 2014

Experiencing ageism

A senior doing tai chi.

The Institute of Policy Studies’ report called “Results from the Perception and Attitudes Towards Ageing and Seniors Survey (2013/2014) published in October this year found that 4.8 percent of its respondents had often/very often been treated badly because of their age in the past year. The survey commissioned by the Council for Third Age (C3A) included more than 2,000 Singapore residents aged between 50 and 74, and was conducted between October last year and January this year.

Said Lim Sia Hoe, executive director of Centre For Seniors, “If this survey sample is representative of the 1,067,800 Singapore residents in the same age group (50 to 74 years old), then 51,254 of them can be expected to have faced such age discrimination in the past year alone! By contrast, the number of theft and related crimes reported in 2013 is 17,075.

“While a victim of theft loses tangible valuables, a victim of age discrimination is robbed of his or her dignity. No one deserves to be insulted, abused or have his or her services refused because of ageism,” added Lim.

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Older workers are assets

Amid a tight labour market and low unemployment, the employment rate rose to a new high with the hiring of older workers and women, according to findings from the “Singapore Workforce, 2014″ report by the Ministry of Manpower’s (MOM) Research and Statistics Department.

Hiring of older workers sees an increase.

For workers aged 55 to 64, the labour force participation rate rose from 49.5 percent in 2004 to 68.4 percent in 2014. MOM credits the tripartite efforts boosting the employability of older workers. Similarly, the participation rate for residents aged 65 to 69 rose from 18.9 percent in 2004 to 41.2 percent in 2014.

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