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Title: INTEGRATIVE PUBLIC SPACES FOR THE ELDERLY: HEALTHY ENVIRONMENTS IN RELATION TO THE SENSE OF COHERENCE - EXPLORATION AND EVALUATION IN MARINE PARADE ESTATE
Authors: SEAH HUI LING
Keywords: Architecture
Design Technology and Sustainability
DTS
Master
Kazuhiro Nakajima
2013/2014 Aki DTS
Elderly
Public spaces
Salutogenic
Sense of coherence
Issue Date: 11-Nov-2013
Citation: SEAH HUI LING (2013-11-11). INTEGRATIVE PUBLIC SPACES FOR THE ELDERLY: HEALTHY ENVIRONMENTS IN RELATION TO THE SENSE OF COHERENCE - EXPLORATION AND EVALUATION IN MARINE PARADE ESTATE. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: The physical environment has been intervened, yet the psychological impacts has not been studied. The recommended active ageing lifestyle promotes participation in activities and education for mental well-being. These occasional happenings is insufficient as solutions to active ageing. This paper looks into the interventions in the built environment that the elderly engage in through their daily routine. The objective is to identify the factors that contribute to the elderly Sense of Coherence - comprehensibility, manageability and meaningfulness. The external environment can make the elderly feel vulnerable, thus resulting in lower participation in the community. In reference to Antonosky's Salutogenic model, he identified sense of coherence for health as a positive stress- coping mechanism. A space can promote a higher sense of coherence for the elderly to deal positively with the stressors in a public realm. Emphasis on the design considerations for these space could tweak the activity levels of the elderly. The higher sense of coherence leads to an active lifestyle and integration within the community, and translates to positive health outcomes for the elderly individuals. The public space serves as a place for commune, intended or spontaneous. Immediately outside the private realms of the home, there exist many forms of public spaces. The postoccupancy evaluation approach is to evaluate the different spaces with respect to the elderly. The analysis, with reference to the Salutogenic model, aims to identify the factors that contribute to a physical and psychological healthy space for the elderly. Architecture of this age then serves a social need. Environmental stress is inevitable, but more sensitive design considerations for the elderly in public spaces can serve as an advantage and refuge.
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