Changing Landscapes of Singapore: Forgotten Landscapes

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Changing Landscapes of Singapore: Forgotten Landscapes

Past-Year Questions:1. Spatial planning for older people in Singapore reflects that the elderly are largely a “forgotten” group of people in the country. How true is this statement? Do you think this style of planning for the elderly will continue to gain popular support in Singapore in the next twenty years? (2009)2. By making reference to landscapes for the elderly in Singapore, discuss the extent to which you agree with the statement that "the older population are by and large 'forgotten' lot". (2010)

Outline: Introduction, Background of Singapore's Ageing Population & Predicted trends, Definition of “forgotten”, Stand

Agree/True: Elderly/Older Population is forgotten.
(How?) Policies/Initiatives that do not cater to the needs to elderly? Disagree/Untrue: Elderly/Older Population is not forgotten. (How?) Various policies that deals with elderly, making our environment elderly-friendly However! Despite all the efforts/facilities/initiatives, government does not tackle the issue effectively?

Conlusion: Re-iterate Stand, Provide possible improvements?

9.3%; a figure seemingly small and marginal. However, this is the percentage of Singapore residents that are aged 65 years and above as of 2011, which is equivalent to more than 480,000 people. This is especially worrying; specialists are already predicting that by 2030, this percentage will continue to rise to about 19-20%. This means that most probably by 2030, 1 in 5 Singaporeans will be aged 65 years or above. Hence, the government came up with various initiatives and policies aimed at elderly which are comprehensively designed and carefully planned. However, there is still deficiency in the understanding of critical social gerontological issues like the preferences, attitudes and circumstances of older persons, or how society should respond to them. Therefore, we can conclude that the elderly are a “forgotten” group of people in the...
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