Understanding and Improving the Lives of Elders in Singapore

Dr Angelique Chan discusses the introduction of the Centre for Ageing Research and Education (CARE) in Singapore, and how it will help develop, coordinate and implement research and education initiatives in ageing and health.

The Centre for Ageing Research and Education, CARE, is a newly launched initiative borne out of the Dean’s Office at Duke-NUS to create a center focusing on the intersection between social, medical and clinical aspects of aging. The Center will develop, coordinate and implement research and education initiatives in ageing and health. Through this work, the Center will provide thought leadership in Singapore and internationally. The Center’s research agenda will complement the emerging research being developed on the study of age-related physiological and clinical phenomena. CARE will consider how accounting for social dimensions can contribute to successful aging, in particular, to achieve more years of health in tandem with longevity. The distinctive role of CARE is to facilitate multidisciplinary research. CARE will serve as a nexus for scholars in social and clinical sciences, reflecting the critical importance of social issues on the health and well-being of aging individuals. CARE investigators in social science, engineering, architecture and health technology research will engage in collaborative work with clinicians and biological scientists to provide evidence to inform Singapore’s aged care policy and practice with the goal of achieving health, social inclusion and a high quality of life for our aging population.

Dr Angelique Chan

Dr Angelique Chan holds joint appointments as Associate Professor in the Signature Program in Health Services and Systems Research, Duke-NUS and the Department of Sociology, NUS. She is Director of the Centre of Ageing Research & Education at Duke-NUS. Dr Chan received her PhD in Sociology from the University of California at Los Angeles and completed a US National Institute of Aging Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of Michigan.

She has published widely on aging issues in leading international journals and is co-author of a book titled Ageing in Singapore: Service Needs & the State (Routledge, 2006) and Co-Editor of Ultra-low Fertility in Pacific Asia: Trends, Causes and Policy Issues (Routledge, 2009). Her current research investigates the relationship between ageing and various physical and mental health outcomes including; healthy life expectancy, caregiving, productive aging and long term care service utilisation.

Dr Chan was a Featured Presenter at The Asian Conference on Gerontology & Aging 2015 in Kobe, Japan.

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