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Title: RISING ABOVE FALLING: AN INVESTIGATION OF FALLS AWARENESS AMONG ELDERLY SINGAPOREANS
Authors: LIM HAN CHIEN
Issue Date: 16-Apr-2018
Citation: LIM HAN CHIEN (2018-04-16). RISING ABOVE FALLING: AN INVESTIGATION OF FALLS AWARENESS AMONG ELDERLY SINGAPOREANS. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Due to population ageing, falls in old age has become a major public health concern in Singapore. To effectively tackle this problem, it is necessary to understand the lay perceptions of falls. However, little research has been done in the current literature. To begin filling this gap, this study sets out to investigate falls awareness among community-dwelling seniors in Singapore. I propose to systematically examine these lay perceptions via the dimensions of ‘knowledge’ and ‘beliefs’, and trace how falls awareness among elderly Singaporeans take form. Multiple methods are engaged in my data collection. I conducted 16 in-depth individual interviews and one focus group discussion with nine senior participants. To further validate the data, I also had interviews with experts in the field, including an in-depth interview with a Member of Parliament and a focus group discussion with a team of community service providers. This study found that the knowledge of falls among Singaporean seniors was inadequate, unsystematic, and often inaccurate, and they often hold beliefs of exceptionalism, fatalism, and individualism. This study contributes to the current literature of falls awareness by providing a case of Singapore. In practice, these findings also suggest the need for certain changes in the current policy initiatives, such as moving beyond top-down educational outreach programmes towards more culture-based interventions which directly target the mindset of elderly Singaporeans—individuals who are facing more risks of falling in their prolonged later lives.
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/144920
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