Living Well: It matters that men and women age differently

Be aware of gender differences when crafting policies, so as to create a caring, inclusive society

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Older people are not a homogeneous group and have diverse needs and wants, especially given differences due to gender, ethnicity, class, creed and culture. Here, I will concentrate on how gender makes a difference in how people age.

Among its many accolades, Singapore has the distinction of being one of the fastest-ageing societies in the world. On average, women in Singapore outlive their male counterparts by about five years. The majority of older people in virtually all countries are also women, and the proportion increases with age. This has been termed the "feminisation of later life".

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 25, 2019, with the headline Living Well: It matters that men and women age differently. Subscribe