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Message from the Director

As Director of ROSA, I am proud to have a team of distinguished academics and researchers — local and international — leading the charge at ROSA.

Singapore’s population is ageing rapidly. It is projected that the proportion of Singaporeans aged 65 and above will more than double from 8% in 2005 to 20% in 2030, and that by 2050, 38% of Singaporeans will be aged 60 and above (Kwok 2006)[1]. This trend is primarily seen to be the result of declining total fertility rates (TFR) as well as an increasing life expectancy in Singapore (Wong 2013)[2]. Singapore exhibits one of the lowest TFRs in the world (Jones, Straughan and Chan 2008)[3] – in 2018, the TFR in Singapore was 1.14, down from 1.29 in 2012, and 1.60 in 2000 (Department of Statistics 2019) – and Singapore’s life expectancy has also been steadily increasing, from 78 years in 2000 to 83.6 years in 2019[4].

An ageing society presents many challenges for policymakers and its citizens. The ageing process sees dramatic transitions in many domains, including economic engagement, family structure and responsibilities, social engagements, physical and mental health. These are risk factors for an individual’s well-being and ability to sustain a meaningful engagement in the community. Thus, as average life expectancy continues to increase, it is critical for evidence-based research to inform what promotes older adults’ well-being. Additionally, given the broad impact that ageing has on an individual, it is vital also to develop more holistic understandings of the well-being of older adults.

This is why I believe that the ongoing work at the Centre for Research On Successful Ageing (ROSA) is so important. Building on the foundations established by the Centre for Research on the Economics of Ageing (CREA), the data that we are gathering from the refreshed Singapore Life Panel® (SLP) at ROSA allows us to gain multidisciplinary insights into Singapore’s ageing situation. More importantly, through the centre’s translational work, we are able to examine Singapore’s policy frameworks and how changes to these policies may lead to improved outcomes for older adults in Singapore and ensure their holistic well-being into later life.

As Director of ROSA, I am proud to have a team of distinguished academics and researchers — local and international — leading the charge at ROSA. Among them are some of the most renowned individuals from various fields, and their expertise and experiences are in line with the Centre’s vision of the future.

The resources on this website will be updated on a regular basis over the next few years as the data collection and research programme gather pace. Whether you are a fellow researcher in a related field of study, a member of the SLP or a colleague working in the area of ageing, I hope you will find the information and resources on this website useful.


Professor Paulin Straughan

Director, ROSA

[1] Kwok, Andrew. (2006). Ageing and public policy – A global perspective. Ethos, Is-sue I, 11-15. Retrieved July 1, 2020, from

[2] Wen, W. K. (2013). Futures of ageing in Singapore. Journal of Futures Studies, 17(3), 81-102.

[3] Straughan, P., Chan, A., & Jones, G. (Eds.). (2008). Ultra-low fertility in Pacific Asia: Trends, causes and policy issues. Routledge.