Surveying Older Adults’ Perceptions and Aspirations

  • Belinda YuenEmail author
  • Chathura Withanage
  • Parvathi Nair


This Chapter presents a personal interview survey. The key instrument is a questionnaire that seeks to find out older adults’ (aged 55 and older) experiences and perceptions about growing older in Singapore, their housing and neighbourhood spaces. It explores issues relating to housing satisfaction and mobility aspiration, self-reported housing modification and housing needs, frequency of outdoor activities and satisfaction with neighbourhood public spaces as well as desired facilities and service clusters.


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We gratefully acknowledge the many people who have helped us with the survey presented in this chapter: Mayor Dr. Teo Ho Pin, Northwest Community Development Council (CDC), for facilitating access to various community and grassroots seniors events and activities; Member of Parliament (MP) Dr. Amy Khor, Senior Minister of State in the Ministries of Health and of Manpower, for facilitating access to seniors groups in Hong Kah North constituency; MP Desmond Lee, Minister of State for National Development, for facilitating access to seniors community clubs in Jurong Spring constituency; MP Sam Tan, Minister of State, Prime Minister’s Office and Ministry of Culture for facilitating access to the Radin Mas Active Ageing Council and seniors community groups in Radin Mas constituency; MP Dr. Lily Neo, Tanjong Pagar GRC, for facilitating access to Senior Activity Centres in the Kreta Ayer/Chinatown area; Mrs. Yu-Foo Yee Shoon for introducing us to Active Contributive Engaged Seniors (ACE Seniors); Siti Habibah Siraj, Director, Malay Heritage Foundation for connecting us to the elderly Malay community; Prabha Seth and Thomson Community Centre Indian Activity Executive Committee for helping us to connect with their local Indian community and administering the Survey in Tamil, where needed; South-east Community Development Council, Community Outreach Programme for the Elderly (COPE), various Voluntary Welfare Organisations (VWOs) who work with seniors to reach the older population within the Southeast Community Development Council; Eurasian Association for assisting us to connect with the Eurasian older community; Staff of Sunlove Senior Activity Centres, NTUC SilverAce Senior Activity Centres, Tung Ling Community Services, Goodlife! Family Services, Kreta Ayer/Chinatown Senior Activity Centres, Presbyterian Community Services Sarah Seniors Activity Centre, Radin Mas Active Ageing Council, Active Contributive Engaged Seniors (ACE Seniors), Jia Ying Community Services Society, Jalan Kukoh Senior Activity Centre, Jamiyah Ar-Rabitah Mosque, Joo Seng Neighbour Ring Community Services, Telok Blangah Seniors Activity Centre, Thye Hua Kuan Moral Charity Senior Activity Centres for granting us access to conduct the survey; constituency directors and staff of the various constituencies and community centres for facilitating access to the seniors communities in their constituencies/centres; the many individuals who facilitated access to private housing estates, country/community clubs, elderly interests, qigong, wellness, theatre and cultural groups; our colleagues, Debbie Loo, Laura Jasmine, our student interviewers, seniors interviewers from ACE Seniors Club and other adult interviewers for helping us conduct such an extensive number of interviews; Dinusha Senanayake for data compilation and digitising the completed questionnaires; Cheong Sue Wei, student intern Lim Aunn Ning and other part-time helpers for data entry and verification; Cheong Sue Wei and Emily Soh Yongxu for their inputs to the writing of the “Summary of Key Findings”; all residents who participated in our interview and generously shared with us their responses and experiences of their ageing, homes and neighbourhoods.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Belinda Yuen
    • 1
    Email author
  • Chathura Withanage
    • 1
  • Parvathi Nair
    • 1
  1. 1.Singapore University of Technology and DesignSingaporeSingapore

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