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SURVEY ON SOCIAL IMAGERY OF SENIORS AND AGEING

We are a group of students from the Diploma in Psychology and Community Services at the
School of Humanities, Ngee Ann Polytechnic. We are collaborating with Council for Third
Age (C3A) to conduct a study on social imagery of seniors and ageing. We would like to
request for your help to complete this survey which would take about 10 minutes.

All the information provided by you will be treated with the strictest confidentiality. We would
greatly appreciate your truthful responses. You may choose to withdraw from participation in
this survey at any one time. Thank you.

1. At what age do you consider someone as ‘old’?

 40 – 44 years old

 45 – 49 years old

 50 – 54 years old

 55 – 59 years old

 60 – 64 years old

 65 – 69 years old

 70 – 74 years old

 74 – 79 years old

 80 years old and above

2. On a scale of 1 to 5, please rate your level of agreement with the following words to
describe seniors:

1 2 3 4 5
Factor (Strongly (Disagree) (Neither (Agree) (Strongly
Disagree) Disagree Agree)
or Agree)
a) Old-fashioned x
b) Neat x
c) Fit x
d) Slow x
e) Knowledgeable x
f) Forgetful x
g) Wise x
h) Efficient x
i) Conservative x
j) Ignorant x
k) Intelligent x
l) Resistance to new ideas x
m) Friendly x
n) Long-winded x
o) Caring x
p) Boring x
q) Irritating x
r) Patient x
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s) Grumpy x
t) Sincere x
u) Lonely x
v) Independent x
w) Sociable x
x) burdensome x

3. Please look at the pictures below and indicate if you think the person is young or old.

(a) A person with tattoo (b) A person breakdancing

 Young  Young
 Old  Old

4. On a scale of 1 to 5, please rate your level of agreement with the following statements:

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1 2 3 4 5
Factor (Strongly (Disagree) (Neither (Agree) (Strongly
Disagree) Disagree Agree)
or Agree)
a) A senior person is a useful x
member of a family.
b) A senior person is capable of x
working productively.
c) Seniors can contribute to x
society.
d) Seniors have valuable x
experiences to share with the
younger generation.

5. What kind of activities do you think are suitable for seniors? (You can select more than 1
option)

 Extreme sports (eg. marathon, triathlon)

 Regular sports (eg. running, cycling, tennis, swimming, taichi)

 Arts & Culture (eg. drawing, playing musical instruments)


 Further Education (eg. pursuing diploma, degree)

 Learning IT

 Others, please specify: ___________________

6. Have you volunteered at homes for seniors before (eg. senior activity centres, old folks
home)?

 Yes

 No

(a) If yes, please give 3 adjectives to describe your experience with the seniors:

____________________, ____________________, ____________________

7. Have you worked with seniors before (eg. part-time jobs with seniors as colleagues or
supervisors)?

 Yes

 No

(a) If yes, please give 3 adjectives to describe your experience with the seniors:

knowledgeable, reliable, arrogant

8. Did your grandparent(s) take care of you when you were growing up?

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 Yes

 No

(a) If yes, how often did your grandparent(s) take care of you?
 Daily

 On weekdays

 On weekends

 Once a week

 Others, please specify: ___________________

9. Do you have living grandparent(s)?

 Yes (please move to Q10)

 No (please move to Q16)

10. What is your grandparent(s)’ age?

________________, _________________, ________________,_________________

11. Do you live with your grandparent(s)?

 Yes

 No

12. On average, how much time a day do you spend talking to your grandparent(s) face-to-
face?

 Not at all

 Less than 15 minutes

 About half an hour

 About 1 hour

 More than 1 hour

13. On average, how much time a week do you communicate with your grandparent(s)
through phone, email, online platforms, etc?

 1-2 times weekly

 3-4 times weekly

 5-6 times weekly

 More than 6 times weekly

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14. How often do you see your grandparent(s)?

 About once every week

 About once every 1-2 months

 About once every 3-4 months

 About once every 5-6 months

 About once a year

15. What are the activities that you engage in with your grandparent(s)? (You can select more
than 1 option)

 Celebrate festivals or major occasions (eg. New Year) [Please list: _____________________]

 Having meals

 Watching TV

 Shopping
 Talking about school, family or friends

 Accompanying to the doctor

 Others, please state:___________________

16. Do you know when Grandparents’ Day is?

 Yes, please state the date: _______________

 No

(a) If yes, do you celebrate Grandparents’ Day with your grandparents?


 Yes

 No

17. Are you afraid of being old?

 Yes

 No

(a) If yes, please share your reasons: ____________________________________________

18. Age
 16-18 years old
 19-21 years old
 22-24 years old

19. Gender

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 Male

 Female

20. Race

 Chinese

 Malay

 Indian

 Others, please specify: _____________

~ Thank you for completing the survey! ~

Name of Interviewer: _______________________

Date of Survey: ______________________