Sensing older people’s lived experiences through visual images in Singapore
This paper presents a user-based qualitative research approach: ‘see and snap’ to gain insights into older adults’ lived experience of their neighbourhood environment. The method provides a way of capturing personal observations from the older population by involving them to take photographs of their built environment. The purpose is to allow participant photographs to query the built environment, in particular, how the built environment is perceived, negotiated and experienced during daily journeys. The discussion presents findings on older Singaporeans’ (age 55+) daily travel experience, exploring what they see and think to be important environmental features for their ageing process. Such information has relevance to the wider discourse on healthy ageing and planning. Even though photographs are increasingly used as a research tool across a wide range of disciplines, e.g. anthropology, sociology, geography, few have used them with older people in cities. This ‘see and snap’ photo-taking method is part of a larger, multi-method study to understand the connection between older people’s health and their neighbourhood built environment in Singapore.
user photographs, neighbourhood, older population, Singapore