Archive - December, 2014

Elderly show preference to age-in-place

About 81 percent of elderly wanted to age in their existing flats.

The Housing Development Board (HDB) conducts the Sample Household Survey (SHS) once every five years to gather feedback and identify emerging trends in public housing. In its latest survey, where close to 8,000 households in all HDB towns/estates were interviewed between January and August 2013, the findings found:

• The proportion of elderly residents (aged 65 years and above) had doubled since 1987 from 5.4 percent to 11.0 percent in 2013. Those aged 65 to 74 years made up the majority of the elderly at 7.3 percent, while 2.9 percent were aged 75 to 84 years and 0.8 percent were aged 85 years and above.

• Every elderly resident aged 65 years or older was supported by 5.9 persons in the working-age band of 20 to 64 years, a decline from 6.6 persons in 2008.

• The elderly showed a strong preference to age-in-place. About 85 percent of elderly households had no intention to move within the next five years, while the proportion of the elderly who intended to move declined from 7.3 percent in 2008 to 4.2 percent in 2013.

About 81 percent also wanted to age in their existing flat. They mainly felt that the present flat was comfortable, had an emotional attachment to it, or wanted their children to inherit the flat.

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