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March 25, 2011

Seniors in Singapore Opt for Non-Legal Approach for Family Support (SINGAPORE)


3/22/2011

As Asian countries adopt more Western traditions, filial duties toward grandparents have begun to fall apart and families have become smaller, nuclear units. Consequently, many older adults are in need of assistance. Singapore has dealt with the problem with the Maintenance of Parents Act, which legally obligates children to help their parents during their golden years.

While it is possible to bring the matter of aid to court, it seems that many parents are opting for a less confrontational approach. ChannelNewsAsia.com reports that the number of conciliation cases between families has risen to 15 times the number of similar cases last year.

"We would like very much that these maintenance issues be resolved among family members, and the way to do that is conciliation," Khoo Oon Soo of the Office of the Commissioner for the Maintenance of Parents, told the news provider.

In fact, under new changes that were enacted this month, it is no longer possible to initially bring the issue up on legal grounds. The first step of every family will now be conciliation.

This is slowly becoming a senior citizen policy that other countries are looking to for inspiration - this year, China has drafted a legal amendment that requires children to provide both physical and mental care for their parents, according to the BBC.  




SOURCE:     AARPGLOBAL NETWORK
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