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October 1996 Issue
The Geographical Review
October 1996, 86 (4), pp. 529-549.
Singapore and the Experience of Place in Old Age
Lily Kong, Brenda Yeoh, and Peggy Teo
Through case studies of two neighborhoods in Singapore with large concentrations of elderly residenTiong Bahru and Chinatownwe explore the relationship between the aged's emotional attachments to place and the sustenance of their personal identities, their continued participation in life, and their adaptation to changing circumstances. In particular, we examine their feelings of physical, social, and autobiographical insideness. We emphasize the rapidly changing physical conditions in Chinatown wrought by the government's conservation strategy and their implications for the elderly. In Tiong Bahru young people are moving to newer housing developments, leaving the aged behind in an essentially little-changed physical environment; we discuss the elderly's sense of identity in this context.
Keywords: elderly, identity, place experience, Singapore.
Dr. KONG, Dr. YEOH, and Dr. TEO are senior lecturers in geography at the National University of Singapore, Singapore 119260.
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