The image of the elderly in Singapore has to change as older generations become increasingly educated, Austrian demography expert Professor Wolfgang Lutz said on Tuesday, Feb 19, 2013, in an Institute of Policy Studies public lecture. -- ST FILE PHOTO: JOSEPH NAIR
By Janice Heng
The image of the elderly in Singapore has to change as older generations become increasingly educated, Austrian demography expert Professor Wolfgang Lutz said on Tuesday in an Institute of Policy Studies public lecture.
"The image of today's elderly in Singapore is strongly formed by the fact that (they) are largely uneducated," he said. But he noted that the proportion of Singaporeans with tertiary education has been rising, which will lead to the future elderly being better-educated.
Citing statistics which show that better-educated elderly people tend to be healthier and more productive than their less-educated peers, he said the combination of these trends sheds doubt on the common expectation that ageing societies have economic problems: "I don't really see any evidence of this in any country."
Professor Lutz is in Singapore for three weeks as a National University of Singapore Society Distinguished Professor. At a seminar last Wednesday, he said countries should not aim for a total fertility rate of 2.1, and suggested 1.7 as an optimal level of fertility for Singapore.
RSS Sunday Print - Lifestyle
Sun, 19 May 2013 00:38:18 +0800Sun, 19 May 2013 06:41:45 +0800Curry in kampung
May 19, 2013 12:38 AM<br /><br />There's good food and free parking to boot at this place tucked away in old Tampines Road.http://www.straitstimes.com/premium/lifestyle/story/curry-kampung-20130519May 19, 2013 12:38 AMSunday's best for gem of a find
May 19, 2013 12:38 AM<br /><br />Hong Lim Market & Food Centre always seems to be bustling day and night but the best time to go, really, is on a Sunday evening, when most of the stalls are closed.http://www.straitstimes.com/premium/lifestyle/story/sundays-best-gem-find-20130519May 19, 2013 12:38 AMTogetherness for meals
May 19, 2013 12:38 AM<br /><br />Nothing bonds Ms Low Shueh Li and her tight-knit family of seven better than food. http://www.straitstimes.com/premium/lifestyle/story/togetherness-meals-20130519May 19, 2013 12:38 AMChilli powders
May 19, 2013 12:38 AM<br /><br />Don't sweat the hot stuff: this week, learn about chilli powder varieties. All powders pictured were bought at local supermarkets and stores.http://www.straitstimes.com/premium/lifestyle/story/chilli-powders-20130519May 19, 2013 12:38 AMThai master
May 19, 2013 12:38 AM<br /><br />Upmarket Thai restaurant Kha has been around since 2008, when it opened in HortPark in Alexandra Road. It moved to its current premises in Martin Road two years ago.http://www.straitstimes.com/premium/lifestyle/story/thai-master-20130519May 19, 2013 12:38 AMNuts about Torta
May 19, 2013 12:37 AM<br /><br />After a huge, multi-course lunch at a friend's home recently, my friends and I are in various stages of blissful food coma, all ready for naps.http://www.straitstimes.com/premium/lifestyle/story/nuts-about-torta-20130519May 19, 2013 12:37 AMSweet nothings
May 19, 2013 12:37 AM<br /><br />Macarons, dainty and colourful bite-sized cream-filled French cookies that have been lining the counters of chic patisseries here, are back in the spotlight after the opening of the famed Parisian brand Laduree at Ngee Ann City last month. http://www.straitstimes.com/premium/lifestyle/story/sweet-nothings-20130519May 19, 2013 12:37 AMCorkage from $0 to $100
May 19, 2013 12:35 AM<br /><br />Corkage fees for diners who bring their own wines to restaurants has hovered at about $25 to $40 for years, with some upmarket eateries charging about $50.http://www.straitstimes.com/premium/lifestyle/story/corkage-0-100-20130519May 19, 2013 12:35 AMBlood in the kitchen
May 19, 2013 12:35 AM<br /><br />Four years at three-Michelin- starred restaurant The Fat Duck have shaped German-Brazilian chef Ivan Brehm into the person he is today.http://www.straitstimes.com/premium/lifestyle/story/blood-the-kitchen-20130519May 19, 2013 12:35 AMBookends
May 19, 2013 12:35 AM<br /><br />“I cannot imagine my life without books. Books are, essentially, containers for stories and ideas. They have shown me the world beyond Singapore, and many books have stimulated, entertained and informed me throughout my life.”http://www.straitstimes.com/premium/lifestyle/story/bookends-20130519May 19, 2013 12:35 AMBestsellers
May 19, 2013 12:35 AM<br /><br />The Time Keeper by Mitch Albomhttp://www.straitstimes.com/premium/lifestyle/story/bestsellers-20130519May 19, 2013 12:35 AMMan on fire
May 19, 2013 12:35 AM<br /><br />To fully enjoy Inferno, the latest novel by Dan Brown, one has to physically rotate the book nine times in order to read a riddle written in rings of text.
The resulting giddiness left me very sympathetic towards the protagonist Robert Langdon.http://www.straitstimes.com/premium/lifestyle/story/man-fire-20130519May 19, 2013 12:35 AMToo uncool for fashion store
May 19, 2013 12:34 AM<br /><br />Well, now I know why I go into a deep funk every time I am dragged into an Abercrombie & Fitch store by the kids.http://www.straitstimes.com/premium/lifestyle/story/too-uncool-fashion-store-20130519May 19, 2013 12:34 AMNetworkers of today, leaders of tomorrow
May 19, 2013 12:34 AM<br /><br />In Switzerland recently, I was beset by natural wonders. On the right, the Alps; on the left, the professional, young networker. http://www.straitstimes.com/premium/lifestyle/story/networkers-today-leaders-tomorrow-20130519May 19, 2013 12:34 AMGame on in Sydney
May 19, 2013 12:34 AM<br /><br />Get ready for the latest instalment of the Life! Takes You Places contest, which kicks off in Sydney on Tuesday.http://www.straitstimes.com/premium/lifestyle/story/game-sydney-20130519May 19, 2013 12:34 AMThe Concierge
May 19, 2013 12:33 AM<br /><br />By the beginning of August, SilkAir will be offering flights to the Indonesian cities of Semarang and Makassar on Airbus A319 and A320 aircraft. And from now till May 31, flights to Semarang will cost $208, all-in.http://www.straitstimes.com/premium/lifestyle/story/the-concierge-20130519May 19, 2013 12:33 AMLocal bytes
May 19, 2013 12:33 AM<br /><br />When it comes to visiting a new city, more travellers are eschewing run-of-the-mill guide books and wanting to experience the place like a local would.http://www.straitstimes.com/premium/lifestyle/story/local-bytes-20130519May 19, 2013 12:33 AMHave a cuppa in Guatemala
May 19, 2013 12:33 AM<br /><br />Who: Mr David Yong, 39, head of product at AirAsiaExpedia. He has more than 11 years of experience in the travel industry, previously having worked at Jetstar and Travelocity. The American-born Chinese, who has lived here for 41/2 years, is married to a music teacher and has two children, aged five and three.http://www.straitstimes.com/premium/lifestyle/story/have-cuppa-guatemala-20130519May 19, 2013 12:33 AMJolie's mature decision
May 19, 2013 12:33 AM<br /><br />I've never been a fan of actress Angelina Jolie.http://www.straitstimes.com/premium/lifestyle/story/jolies-mature-decision-20130519May 19, 2013 12:33 AMRio slums turn tourist hotspot
May 19, 2013 12:33 AM<br /><br />Rio de Janeiro - Ms Tiana Martins stepped gingerly into the red cable car gondola, giggling from nerves as the doors slid shut, the ground dropped precipitously beneath her feet and she sailed off over the conglomerate of bare-brick shacks that is the Alemao complex of shantytowns. http://www.straitstimes.com/premium/lifestyle/story/rio-slums-turn-tourist-hotspot-20130519May 19, 2013 12:33 AMpencil in...
May 19, 2013 12:32 AM<br /><br />Children can visit the Light Vs Dark: Stamps & Collectible exhibition and view the impressive display of Star Wars stamps. Dress as characters from the Star Wars movies and have your picture taken with the Stormtroopers.http://www.straitstimes.com/premium/lifestyle/story/pencil-20130519May 19, 2013 12:32 AMSupport is everything
May 19, 2013 12:32 AM<br /><br />A supportive spouse makes a "big difference" to women who have had their breasts removed because of cancer.
Dr Felicia Tan, chief surgeon and director of FeM Surgery at Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre, 35, says: "Patients who have emotional support from their spouses tend to be more emotionally steady post-surgery.http://www.straitstimes.com/premium/lifestyle/story/support-everything-20130519May 19, 2013 12:32 AMLong-distance marriages
May 19, 2013 12:32 AM<br /><br />Newly-weds Michael Tomsik and Tiffany Lai have been happily married for a little over four months. Still in the honeymoon phase, they talk to each other every night and every Saturday they have a three- to five-hour date.http://www.straitstimes.com/premium/lifestyle/story/long-distance-marriages-20130519May 19, 2013 12:32 AMWhere a career awaits in child's play
May 19, 2013 12:32 AM<br /><br />Growing up, I wanted to be an aeronautical engineer. http://www.straitstimes.com/premium/lifestyle/story/where-career-awaits-childs-play-20130519May 19, 2013 12:32 AMShould kids choose?
May 19, 2013 12:32 AM<br /><br />Q I believe in giving our three preschool children food choices such as what to eat or where to go for dinner. My husband thinks choices spoil them. What do I do?http://www.straitstimes.com/premium/lifestyle/story/should-kids-choose-20130519May 19, 2013 12:32 AMDo good by being a sport
May 19, 2013 12:31 AM<br /><br />From running through the scorching Californian desert and mountains in Brazil to trekking a historic pilgrimage route in Spain, sporty Singaporeans are breaking a sweat to raise funds for charity.http://www.straitstimes.com/premium/lifestyle/story/do-good-being-sport-20130519May 19, 2013 12:31 AMWant to be happy? Spend on others
May 19, 2013 12:30 AM<br /><br />Can happiness be taught? Two universities here are offering courses on the age-old subject - or at least the science behind it. Far from self-help seminars promising to reveal the secrets to finding your happiness, lecturers are teaching students to ponder questions such as: How does the environment affect our happiness? Can money buy happiness?http://www.straitstimes.com/premium/lifestyle/story/want-be-happy-spend-others-20130519May 19, 2013 12:30 AMIcons of lost appeal
May 19, 2013 12:30 AM<br /><br />In the 1980s, when IT professional Shirley Sim was in primary school, mascots were a big deal - they taught you how to save money, and to be caring and polite. http://www.straitstimes.com/premium/lifestyle/story/icons-lost-appeal-20130519May 19, 2013 12:30 AMMore of Singapore's mascots
May 19, 2013 12:30 AM<br /><br />When: 1982 to 1999
Owner: National Productivity Board (now Spring Singapore)
What: Unlike other bees, Teamy does not have a sting because its creators thought it would be more approachable this way. He was part of a campaign to promote efficiency in the workforce.http://www.straitstimes.com/premium/lifestyle/story/more-singapores-mascots-20130519May 19, 2013 12:30 AMBoxed surprises
May 19, 2013 12:30 AM<br /><br />Former actress Sharon Au's new job is not delivery woman. But here she is in the flesh, on my doorstep, handing me a box with a winsome smile. Open the box, which has the look and heft of a hardcover book, and it is filled to the brim with beauty samples.http://www.straitstimes.com/premium/lifestyle/story/boxed-surprises-20130519May 19, 2013 12:30 AM
HTTP/1.1 200 OK
Cache-Control: public, max-age=1800
Last-Modified: Tue, 21 May 2013 21:55:22 +0000
Expires: Sun, 11 Mar 1984 12:00:00 GMT
Content-Type: text/html; charset=utf-8
Via: 1.1 varnish
Date: Tue, 21 May 2013 23:08:34 GMT
X-Varnish: 285676452 285527852
Via: 1.1 varnish