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Make Care Count... in the National Budget

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AWARE shines a spotlight on the financial burden of caregiving for older persons in Singapore: a burden that all too often falls upon women.

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We all know the woes of Singapore's ageing population, and the heavy burden of caregiving falling upon younger generations. But have you ever considered how gender factors into this?

Unequal gender norms disproportionately task women with the responsibility of caregiving for older persons in Singapore. Increasingly, these women tend to be a family's unmarried daughters. They tend to stay out of the workforce for an average of nine years in order to provide care.

These findings are the result of "Make Care Count", AWARE's year-long research project on the retirement adequacy of female caregivers for older persons - a qualitative study of 22 caregivers and 22 eldercare industry stakeholders, including academics, service providers, medical social workers, community hospitals, cluster support services, relevant government ministries.

Will these female caregivers be able to save for their own future needs, against increasing odds of ageing into frailty and poorer health? And if not, what can we all do about it?

AWARE has a way for you to help. On 5 October, join us to devise concrete recommendations for AWARE to submit to the 2020 National Budget. These policy recommendations are a great way to ask the Singapore government to recognise and alleviate the financial cost of caregiving that family caregivers bear.

Some ideas we will discuss are:

  • ensuring a more equal distribution of care,
  • allowing working caregivers to better balance work and care,
  • giving financial recognition for caregiving labour, and
  • reducing caregivers' out of pocket expenditure on care-related expenses.

Event Schedule:

  1. Presentation of AWARE's research findings from the "Make Care Count" report
  2. A panel discussion, moderated by AWARE past president Dr Kanwaljit Soin
  3. Facilitated small group discussions. From your experiences, ideas and opinions, we'll generate a list of budget recommendations. AWARE will then curate and raise these to the government in January 2020.

This event is free, and designed for anyone who believes in supporting caregivers now, before they become crippled by a lack of financial resources in the future. We will all be affected by ageing and distribution of care in Singapore. Have your voice heard in this urgent national discussion.

Our Panelists:

Dr Kanwaljit Soin | Dr Kanwaljit Soin was a founding member and President (1991 and 1993) of AWARE, and Singapore's first female Nominated Member of Parliament (1992-1996). She was a Global Ambassador of HelpAge International until 2015, working with and for disadvantaged older people all over the world. She is also the founder President of WINGS – “Women’s Initiative for Ageing Successfully” in Singapore. A highly respected orthopaedic and hand surgeon, Dr Soin is currently a consultant at the Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre.

Kris Foo | Kris Foo is primary caregiver to her mother, 86, whose vascular dementia was confirmed in 2014. That year, Kris moved her design consultancy practice home to enable her to spend more time caregiving. Since then, however, Kris has suffered a significant loss in income, as well as caregiver burnout and relationship tension with her sister. Kris is worried for her own future, as she has no retirement savings and no biological offspring to offer companionship and care in her own old age.

Shailey Hingorani | Shailey Hingorani is the Head of Research and Advocacy for AWARE. Before joining AWARE, she worked on women’s rights and child rights in South Asia, Southeast Asia and the United States. She has worked with the Open Society Foundations, the FXB-Harvard Center for Health and Human Rights, the Indian Mission to the United Nations, Save the Children, and the Bloomberg Initiative. Shailey was a Fulbright scholar at Harvard University where she received a Master’s in Public Administration.

Anthea Ong | Anthea Ong is a Nominated Member of Parliament, impact entrepreneur and investor, and life and executive coach. She has founded several groundup initiatives/impact businesses, including the silent teabar Hush TeaBar and A Good Space. She has served on the boards of organisations such as Unifem (now UNWomen) and Daughters of Tomorrow, and is Immediate Past President of Society for WINGS. Her book 50 Shades of Love was published in December 2018. Recently, she penned an op-ed for TODAY on CareShield Life.

Dr Joanne Yoong | Dr Joanne Yoong is an applied economist working at the intersection of behavioural economics, health and financial decision-making, and socioeconomic development. Dr. Yoong is Senior Economist at the University of Southern California, where she directs the offices of the Center for Economic and Social Research in Singapore and Washington DC, and is a principal member of the USC Behavioral Economics Studio. Dr Yoong serves on various national and international policy advisory committees, including the OECD/International Network for Financial Education Research Committee. Dr Yoong is also is the founder of Research for Impact, a social enterprise making research and evaluation accessible, inclusive and transformative for populations in Asia.

Notes about attendance:

- If you can, we advise arriving around 10.30am, to ensure smooth registration.

- Please fill out this brief pre-event survey to help us better understand your interest in this topic.

aware.org.sg

About A Good Space:

This event is co-hosted with A Good Space, where changemakers flourish as a community to imagine and create experiences that expand perspectives across diverse social issues. From Poverty Simulations to a Feast with Seniors, come learn about a wide range of social issues through innovative activities. To learn more and join the community, visit their website at: agoodspace.org

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