The Temasek Polytechnic’s Centre for Applied Gerontology (CAG) undertakes applied research and offers programmes related to ageing under 4 platforms:
The centre responds to the needs of Singapore’s ageing situation and takes an inclusive and universal approach in its study and research. It aims to provide a better understanding of the ageing process and its implications and seeks to find innovative ideas and solutions to issues related to the larger context of ageing in the society. It is interdisciplinary in approach and collaborates with the Schools and other research centres in TP, and the industry and community in response to its mission and commitment to Temasek Polytechnic’s vision to be a world class institution reputed for its programmes, applied research and learning.
To be a leading centre acknowledged for its interdisciplinary applied research, knowledge and programmes in ageing and gerontology.
The vision and mission translate to the following goals:
Senior's Week 2016
19 - 20 Oct 2016 / Temasek Polytechnic
The World Health Organisation (WHO) designates 1st October as the International Day for Older Persons. In celebration of the International Day for Older Persons, Temasek Polytechnic through the Centre for Applied Gerontology and School of Humanities and Social Sciences presents the inaugural Seniors’ Week 2016. The 2-day event on 19 and 20 October 2016 comprises a host of activities and workshops from various schools and departments focusing on the theme “Transforming Ageing: Enrich, Engage, Empower”. The event is a platform to celebrate ageing and empower individuals to make a difference in creating an inclusive nation for successful ageing.
The theme “Transforming Ageing: Enrich, Engage, Empower” connects different disciplines to offer a spread of activities and workshops that include topics in intergenerational learning, wellness, cognitive training and assisted learning etc. The various activities/workshops will cater to varying interests and needs covering different aspects of successful ageing.
Paper Presentation at Include Asia 2013 Conference in Hong Kong – July 2013
Two research papers were selected for presentation at the Include Asia 2013 conference in Hong Kong, organized by Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design (HHCD) UK, Hong Kong Design Centre (HKDC) and the School of Design, Hong Kong Polytechnic University (HKPU). The conference, held in July 2013, focuses on inclusive and people-centred design. It is also part of HKDC’s Knowledge of Design Week 2013.
CAG Researcher, Ms Shereen Pong delivered one of the papers, “An Inclusive Wayfinding Assessment Tool in the context of Singapore’s Public Transport System”, at the conference. The paper is on the research and development of a systematic Inclusive Wayfinding Assessment Tool (IWA), which aims to facilitate and raise awareness for inclusive wayfinding in the context of the public transport system in Singapore. This is especially useful for the older population and for people with disabilities who prefers to move around independently. The conference, attended by designers, design educators, design researchers, users and the industry, is a good platform for intellectual exchange and an excellent opportunity to promote CAG’s research capabilities at an international level.
“Facebook for Seniors Workshop” ILP with BSC
52 seniors gathered at Temasek Polytechnic for a “Facebook for Seniors Workshop”. The full-day workshop is part of the Intergenerational Learning Programme (ILP) aimed at helping seniors remain active and up-to-date. In the student-led workshop, the seniors were grouped with student buddies who guided them on account creation, uploading of photos, befriending of others on Facebook and safety precautions to take when using Facebook. You can view more pictures on our Facebook album.
The “Facebook for Seniors Workshop” was jointly organised by Centre for Applied Gerontology and Family Central, and supported by students from Business Studies Clubs and Diploma in Gerontological Management Studies.
Building Age-Friendly Communities (Subject code: GEN1801)
CAG developed a Cross Disciplinary Subject (CDS) in “Building Age-Friendly Communities”, offered through the School of Humanities & Social Sciences. The subject is positioned at the introductory level and intended for students from all disciplines. The intention is to provide students with exposure to ageing issues and its relevance to our community. In the process, students will develop a critical awareness towards their environment. Besides uncovering ageing issues, the subject also aims to help students come up with innovations that can improve upon and build all-encompassing age-friendly communities.
Please click on the link to view more details: Building Age-Friendly Communities
TPE: Psychology of Ageing workshop
This is a workshop made available to all TP staff. In the 3-hour workshop, participants learnt about the developmental changes and potentials that can be harnessed in the ageing pathway: through examining the stereotypical beliefs on ageing, appreciating ageing experiences through physical simulation and doing a review of participants’ life stages. The workshop also taught participants to apply concepts for successful ageing. Through this workshop, participants gained a greater awareness and understanding of age-related changes across physical, cognitive, and socio-emotional dimensions.
With NTUC Industrial Relations Department Re-Employment Group
CAG partnered NTUC Industrial Relations Department Re-Employment Group (NTUC IRD [REG]) to study the implications and issues pertaining to the employment of mature workers and an ageing workforce. The partnership was formalised in an MOU of collaboration in July 2013 with Senior Minister of State and Deputy Secretary-General of NTUC, Mr Heng Chee How, in attendance.
There are two parts to the quantitative research study, which involved the participation of both staff and students from various diplomas in Temasek Polytechnic. “Senior Workers’ Perception on Retirement & Working after Retirement” is led by Diploma in Psychology Studies, while the study on “Employer’s Perception on Hiring Senior Workers” is helmed by Diploma in Gerontological Management Studies. Diploma in Business lent their Human Resource expertise to both studies. The project, which also comprised of student internships at NTUC and major projects for HSS students, ran from March 2013 to March 2014.
With IDAC-SAIRC, Tohoku University, Japan
CAG scored a partnership with the Institute of Development, Aging and Cancer’s Smart Ageing International Research Centre (IDAC-SAIRC) of Tohoku University, Japan. The partnership consist of a series of cognitive intervention studies managed by CAG, with the aim of developing an effective brain training program to improve cognition in the elderly, which hopefully translates into improved everyday life functioning. The alliance was formalised in an MOU of collaboration on 16 July 2013, in conjunction with a keynote lecture given by renowned neuroscientist and Temasek Polytechnic’s Distinguished Advisor, Professor Ryuta Kawashima (who represented IDAC-SAIRC). The lecture is based on his work on the pre-frontal cortex of the brain and is attended by staff and students of Temasek Polytechnic, and industry partners.
The first cognitive intervention study from the alliance is COGNITO (Cognitive Training in Older persons), a pen-paper based study. It was launched in Temasek Polytechnic in March 2014 and involves 100 participants (voluntary staff) age 50 years and older. Participants have to complete simple concentration tasks (worksheets) for 15 minutes a day, 5 days a week, over an 8-week training period. COGNITO is expected to run for a year and outcomes should be available in the first quarter of 2015.
With Centre for Seniors (CFS)
In December 2012, CAG signed a MOU with the Centre for Seniors (CFS), a non-profit voluntary welfare organization committed to promoting the well-being of seniors in Singapore. The MOU is to collaborate with CFS in the areas of research pertaining to senior workers and ageing in the workforce. The first project that CAG and CFS embarked on was a quantitative study on “The Challenges faced by Older Workers and their Expectations”, completed in February 2013. The study involved students from the Diploma in Gerontological Management Studies (from the School of Humanities & Social Sciences). The findings of the study was presented to CFS in March 2013 and at the Conference on Fair Employment Practices 2013 organised by the Tripartite Alliance for Fair Employment Practices (TAFEP).