Dr Anna Lane is a lifespan developmental psychologist and gerontologist with a general research interest that focuses on better understanding the psychological, social and environmental predictors of healthy ageing. Currently, she is a Research Fellow with the Lee Li Ming Programme in Ageing Urbanism at LKYCIC. She is involved in a large scale, multidisciplinary project to examine the role of the built and social neighbourhood environments in shaping health and well-being among older Singaporeans, and is evaluating early implementation progress of the dementia-friendly communities concept in Singapore.
Neighbourhood social capital and older persons quality of life in Singapore
The neighbourhood social environment is increasingly recognised as an important determinant of quality of life for older adults. However, there is little research concerning this association in the highly urbanised and rapidly ageing population of Singapore. In this study, the associations between the neighbourhood cohesion, perceived characteristics of the neighbourhood social environment and quality of life for older Singapore residents were examined. Data were taken from a survey that included1000 older persons (aged 55 years and over) from three neighbourhoods. Participants were randomly selected from a Department of Statistics supplied sampling frame of eligible households. Surveyor assistants visited participants at home during January to March 2018 to complete a questionnaire. The questionnaire was administered as an interview and elicited information on socio-demographics, built environment, social environment, travel behaviour, activity participation, and health status. Multilevel models were used to test neighbourhood cohesion and perceived characteristics of the social environment as predictors of quality of life (measured by the CASP). The survey is one component of a large programme of work on Innovative Planning and Design of Age-friendly Neighbourhoods in Singapore (2017-2019). The study was approved by the Singapore University of Design Institutional Review Board.