How Developing a Holistic Approach Can Improve Care for Older Persons

In Singapore, 14.4% of its 3.9 million population was aged 65 years or older in 2019. By 2030, this number is expected to reach 25% due to rising life expectancy and lower fertility rates. Although the country currently has one of the lowest age-related disease burden rates in the world, demand for longterm care is expected to accelerate with increasing life expectancy and a growing number of single households in the next 2 decades.

With life expectancy among the highest in the world, Singapore is one of the countries leading the way in developing and implementing measures to meet the changing health and care needs of its population due to the demographic shift. Cognizant of population aging’s impact on the country’s future, the government has taken a multi-pronged, integrated, and holistic approach that takes into account the different requirements of individuals as they age under the Singapore Action Plan for Successful Aging. It has also developed policy and programs that include expansion of and integration of health and social care.