SM Cares, the CSR arm of SM Prime Holdings, Inc., along with StratSearch Foundation, Inc.  recently launched the book “Population Ageing: Issues and Challenges” authored by distinguished political science professor Dr. Clarita R. Carlos.

The book is intended to help planners in incorporating the contributions of the ageing population in national development efforts.

Dr. Carlos cited businesses for integrating facilities and programs that are favorable to senior citizens. She also believes that senior citizens should be given the chance to contribute to society beyond the currently mandated age of retirement. Citing SM Cares’ employment for the elderly as an example, she said that employment could actually prolong the lives of older people.

“It helps them feel needed and productive. Minsan kasi pag alam nilang meron silang pagbibihisan, they regain self-esteem. When we give them work, they are mentally and physically stimulated. It makes them happy; and when they’re happy, they get less sickly and eventually live longer” said Dr. Carlos.

The SM Cares Program on Senior Citizens include the award-winning casual employment for senior citizens, as well as other training activities such as Oldies But Techies where the elderly are taught the basics of computer operation.

Dr. Carlos is the executive director of StratSearch Foundation (formerly Center for Scientific Research and Strategic Development, Inc.). An acknowledged expert on foreign and defense policy, her vast experience of 50 years includes working with foreign and local institutions, government, and media in various capacities. Prior to the book on population ageing, she has also written books on geopolitics, national security, political psychology, and bureaucratic reform.

Research for the book was funded by SM Cares in support of Filipino senior citizens, with the objective of understanding the elderly more and eventually help the organization think of better ways to serve them better. The book is co-authored by Maria Iraliz E. Nool, Jan Albert G. Suing, and Jenny Marie Molina.

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