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Embracing ageing

17 November 2017 / by / no comments

Embracing ageing

New inter­ac­tive exhi­bi­tion at Sin­ga­pore Sci­ence Cen­tre pro­motes a pos­i­tive dia­logue on ageing.

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Dia­logue with Time, an exhi­bi­tion exclu­sively on the topic of age­ing, has arrived in Sin­ga­pore at the Sin­ga­pore Sci­ence Cen­tre (SSC). The inter­ac­tive exhi­bi­tion, which is cur­rently at three other loca­tions around the world – namely Brazil, Ger­many and Israel, is a guided expe­ri­ence facil­i­tated by retirees where they lead vis­i­tors through var­i­ous zones in the exhi­bi­tion. The new per­ma­nent exhi­bi­tion seeks to inform vis­i­tors of all ages and engen­der greater under­stand­ing, empa­thy and pre­pared­ness for the age­ing process.

Health Min­is­ter Gan Kim Yong said at the launch, “Dia­logue with Time is an exten­sion of the Min­istry of Health’s (MOH) efforts under the Action Plan for Suc­cess­ful Age­ing. Through the exhi­bi­tion, we hope that vis­i­tors will come to appre­ci­ate the oppor­tu­ni­ties in longevity, and to be encour­aged to live healthy and mean­ing­ful lives even in old age. Through the inter­ac­tive dia­logues with senior guides, expe­ri­en­tial play and exhibits, we hope that vis­i­tors will bet­ter under­stand the age­ing process, and appre­ci­ate that seniors can also remain active and engaged.”

There are three zones in the exhibition:

  • Sci­ence of Age­ing – Here, vis­i­tors will walk through the Tun­nel of Ques­tions which show­cases some of the key mile­stones about age­ing, includ­ing how cell repair becomes less effec­tive with age to how age­ing affects the bones, joints, mus­cles and blood pres­sure. The Age­ing Booth is an inter­ac­tive photo booth where guests can explore vis­i­ble signs of age­ing and see how they will look in the years to come. The Reac­tion Time Game, cou­pled with info­graph­ics, helps vis­i­tors under­stand how age­ing affects the brain and ner­vous system.
  • Dia­logue with Time (fully guided) – This zone com­prises four rooms – the Yel­low Room, Pink Room and two Dia­logue Rooms. Vis­i­tors will get to engage in a dia­logue with the senior guides in the Dia­logue Rooms. The senior guides lead­ing that group will share his or her per­sonal expe­ri­ence and their jour­ney, lead the happy age­ing game, and towards the end of the tour, the senior guide will engage in a dis­cus­sion with vis­i­tors about the future of age­ing through an inter­ac­tive polling game on pop­u­la­tion sta­tis­tics and an inter­ac­tive dis­cus­sion. In the Yel­low Room, vis­i­tors will get to expe­ri­ence dif­fer­ent aspects of age­ing, such as weak­ened hear­ing, sight and mobil­ity. Inspir­ing sto­ries of five active seniors are fea­tured as short videos in the Pink Room. They share their expe­ri­ences from the later years and top­ics range from re-​employment to find­ing love online.
  • Sci­ence & Tech­nol­ogy – This zone show­cases assis­tive tech­nol­ogy and tele-​health devices designed to empower and improve the lives of seniors. These include the GPS Smart Watch – a mon­i­tor­ing device that can alert the care­giver if the wearer gets dis­ori­ented; and the inno­v­a­tive Stair Climb­ing Wheel­chair which enhances mobil­ity. Also fea­tured via exhi­bi­tion pan­els are the Gov­ern­ment ini­tia­tives taken to improve qual­ity of life of the seniors, as well as bul­letin boards and info­graph­ics high­light­ing pre­ci­sion med­i­cine and research advance­ments that can pro­mote longevity.

[cap­tion id=“attachment_9414” align=“alignright” width=“640”] This inter­ac­tive exhi­bi­tion will be a per­ma­nent exhi­bi­tion at SSC.[/caption]

This is the first fully-​guided exhi­bi­tion by SSC where tours will be facil­i­tated by 32 senior guides between the ages of 65 and 85. Cho­sen from about 380 appli­cants, these senior guides will share their wealth of knowl­edge and expe­ri­ences as they lead and facil­i­tate dis­cus­sions to inspire vis­i­tors and help change their per­cep­tions of ageing.

Dia­logue with Time tours hap­pen every 30 min­utes (start­ing from 10.30am with the last tour end­ing at 5pm) with up to 30 pax per tour and lasts one hour. Admis­sion to the exhi­bi­tion is free, but stan­dard admis­sion charges to SSC apply. Admis­sion is free for Sin­ga­pore­ans and Per­ma­nent Res­i­dences dur­ing non-​peak peri­ods such as week­days, exclud­ing school and pub­lic holidays.

(** PHOTO CRED­ITS: Sin­ga­pore Sci­ence Centre)



New interactive exhibition at Singapore Science Centre promotes a positive dialogue on ageing.

Dialogue Room where senior guides share their experiences.

Dialogue with Time, an exhibition exclusively on the topic of ageing, has arrived in Singapore at the Singapore Science Centre (SSC). The interactive exhibition, which is currently at three other locations around the world – namely Brazil, Germany and Israel, is a guided experience facilitated by retirees where they lead visitors through various zones in the exhibition. The new permanent exhibition seeks to inform visitors of all ages and engender greater understanding, empathy and preparedness for the ageing process.

Health Minister Gan Kim Yong said at the launch, “Dialogue with Time is an extension of the Ministry of Health’s (MOH) efforts under the Action Plan for Successful Ageing. Through the exhibition, we hope that visitors will come to appreciate the opportunities in longevity, and to be encouraged to live healthy and meaningful lives even in old age. Through the interactive dialogues with senior guides, experiential play and exhibits, we hope that visitors will better understand the ageing process, and appreciate that seniors can also remain active and engaged.”

There are three zones in the exhibition:

  • Science of Ageing – Here, visitors will walk through the Tunnel of Questions which showcases some of the key milestones about ageing, including how cell repair becomes less effective with age to how ageing affects the bones, joints, muscles and blood pressure. The Ageing Booth is an interactive photo booth where guests can explore visible signs of ageing and see how they will look in the years to come. The Reaction Time Game, coupled with infographics, helps visitors understand how ageing affects the brain and nervous system.
  • Dialogue with Time (fully guided) – This zone comprises four rooms – the Yellow Room, Pink Room and two Dialogue Rooms. Visitors will get to engage in a dialogue with the senior guides in the Dialogue Rooms. The senior guides leading that group will share his or her personal experience and their journey, lead the happy ageing game, and towards the end of the tour, the senior guide will engage in a discussion with visitors about the future of ageing through an interactive polling game on population statistics and an interactive discussion. In the Yellow Room, visitors will get to experience different aspects of ageing, such as weakened hearing, sight and mobility. Inspiring stories of five active seniors are featured as short videos in the Pink Room. They share their experiences from the later years and topics range from re-employment to finding love online.
  • Science & Technology – This zone showcases assistive technology and tele-health devices designed to empower and improve the lives of seniors. These include the GPS Smart Watch – a monitoring device that can alert the caregiver if the wearer gets disoriented; and the innovative Stair Climbing Wheelchair which enhances mobility. Also featured via exhibition panels are the Government initiatives taken to improve quality of life of the seniors, as well as bulletin boards and infographics highlighting precision medicine and research advancements that can promote longevity.

This interactive exhibition will be a permanent exhibition at SSC.

This is the first fully-guided exhibition by SSC where tours will be facilitated by 32 senior guides between the ages of 65 and 85. Chosen from about 380 applicants, these senior guides will share their wealth of knowledge and experiences as they lead and facilitate discussions to inspire visitors and help change their perceptions of ageing.

Dialogue with Time tours happen every 30 minutes (starting from 10.30am with the last tour ending at 5pm) with up to 30 pax per tour and lasts one hour. Admission to the exhibition is free, but standard admission charges to SSC apply. Admission is free for Singaporeans and Permanent Residences during non-peak periods such as weekdays, excluding school and public holidays.

 

(** PHOTO CREDITS: Singapore Science Centre)

 


 

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