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Title: PROPOSING A MENTAL WELLNESS : (COGNITION COMPLEXITY) MODEL INTO �ACTIVE AGING � : A VERTICAL LANDSCAPING DESIGN FOR AN AMPLIFIED MENTAL STIMULUS AMONGST HDB ESTATE ELDERLY INHABITANTS
Authors: MUHD FIRUS FAIZAL ABDULLAH
Keywords: Architecture
Design Track
Ruzica Bozovic-Stamenovic
Active aging
Matured HDB estates
Mental wellness
Plant taxonomy
Issue Date: 5-Apr-2010
Citation: MUHD FIRUS FAIZAL ABDULLAH (2010-04-05T07:29:47Z). PROPOSING A MENTAL WELLNESS : (COGNITION COMPLEXITY) MODEL INTO �ACTIVE AGING � : A VERTICAL LANDSCAPING DESIGN FOR AN AMPLIFIED MENTAL STIMULUS AMONGST HDB ESTATE ELDERLY INHABITANTS. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Singapore’s ageing population, when compared to the nations of South East Asia, stands out as the highest figure of more than 10% of its population. This proportion is set to be even higher, as high as 35% by 2050. In lieu of this projection, an “Active Aging” campaign was promoted in 2007 amongst the elders to adopt an active and socially-participative lifestyle. However, the definition of “Active Aging” lacked a mental-intellectual wellbeing component, of which when not checked, can promote depression and its corresponding accelerated physical debilitation. In short, a lack of emphasis on mental wellness amongst the elderly can accelerate into aging disabilities. Such a campaign is targeted aggressively to the high percentage of the graying communities congregated in HDB estates, particularly the matured neighbourhoods (15 years old or more). However, the aging projection also correspondingly amplifies concerns about current levels of infrastructure designed to cope with the aging demography. While there are ample evidence that national policies do cater to the graying nation, such as the retirement fund (Central Provision Fund (CPF)), etc, there are still inadequacies of design interventions that could promote “active aging”. The matured HDB flats, and the inadequacies of current HDB upgrading programs do not do enough to promote the mental wellness of elders. Therefore, while an architectural intervention may be costly, an alternative complementary method to current HDB upgrading practices, would come in the form of a vertical landscaping redesign that creates and greens communal areas. Greens are chosen and careful grouping of them can amplify benefits that achieve both direct mental stimulation as well as attain indirect mental activation as greens promote physical activities and social participation. This intervention benefits the general demography of residents living in the HDB flats by increasing the value of the built environment but mostly profits the frailest group through cognito-physiosocio stimulation. Hence the hypothesis that the paper wishes to investigate is: [01] How can we strategically propose a psycho-physical stimulus design that is crafted and disguised as vertical landscaping elements that can directly stimulate the different components of mental cognition (“sequence” and neuro-motor learning, “visual perception” learning leading to “mood and and action” tempering, “associative” learning and “creative problem solving” learning) of the aged individual? Can the new greening strategy also promote physical and social participation that indirectly contribute to mental health? [02] Can we, from this implementation, distill a fundamental essence that could be developed into a mental wellness (cognition complexity) model to be included into and contribute to a new understanding to the definition of “active aging”, which has yet to describe any psychological wellbeing of the elderly?
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