Arts for an ageless nation : a pilot study examining the perceptions and experiences of engaging with the arts amongst Singaporean seniors
Leong, Scarlet Xin Min
Date of Issue2017-05-17
School of Humanities and Social Sciences
This study aims to explore the perceptions and experiences of arts engagement amongst the elderly in Singapore and provide recommendations to reduce possible barriers to engaging the arts. 4 Focus Group Discussions (FGDs) were conducted with 18 elderly participants aged from 60 to 69. The data was analysed using conventional content analysis. 13 themes emerged elucidating how the elderly perceive art as both form and function, how the elderly experienced substantial holistic wellbeing benefits from arts engagement and the impediments the elderly face that restrict further engagement. The elderly participants believed that the arts play a vital role in building a healthy life, facilitating meaningful social interaction and boosting one’s self-value. Several recommendations are proposed to alleviate the barriers to arts engagement. Limitations regarding the methodology, small sample size and language difficulties during data collection are discussed. This study provides qualitative evidence in support of the benefits of arts and wellbeing for elderly, while also generating new knowledge about the psychological needs of the elderly in Singapore that can be fulfilled through arts engagement.
Final Year Project (FYP)
Nanyang Technological University