Did you know that workplaces in Singapore have the highest incidences of age discrimination in the Asia-Pacific region? Dr Kanwaljit Soin says ageism is prejudice against our feared future self. And it compromises our quality of life in old age by affecting us mentally, emotionally and physically. In this article, Dr Soin shares solutions on how we can make our society more age-friendly.
“Ageism exists because of fear and denial that we will become the other person – the other older person – and we do not want to be old because we have been bombarded with negative messages that getting old means going downhill both physically and cognitively.” says Dr Kanwaljit Soin. This article was first published in The Straits Times. For latest news and information, go to https://www.straitstimes.com/
The Council for Third Age (C3A) and the Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS) have launched a set of guidelines aimed at producing an effective learning environment for seniors. The Geragogy Guidelines include teaching methods like peer learning which senior learners relate better to. Society for WINGS attended the launch on 12 March 2021 and we encourage our trainers to incorporate the guidelines when conducting courses offered at WINGS. A copy of the guidelines can be downloaded from www.c3a.org.sg