The 21st Century will be both the century of Asia and of ageing. And the two trends will coalesce in Southeast Asia over the coming decades. Old age in most parts of Southeast Asia is still predominantly defined by frailty and dependency, and less by structured retirement, though this is changing. As a result the two main concerns are health and care, still predominantly carried out by families, and economic support, only a small proportion of which is in the form of a pension. The region will need to ensure new policies, institutions, governance and economic structures to enable the transition of the region to maturity. However, as the papers in this collection reveal, there is a growing research base already, which will be essential to the process of adapting to the ageing of Southeast Asia.
About the Author
Sarah Harper (MA Cantab, DPhil Oxon, FRSA) is Professor of Gerontology at the University of Oxford, and Director of the Oxford Institute of Population Ageing. She has researched population ageing in China, Japan, Korea, Malaysia and Singapore, serves on the UK Prime Minister’s Council for Science and Technology, and chairs the UK government Review on Ageing Societies. She is editor of Journal of Population Ageing and author of How Population Change will Transform our World OUP 2016.