Socially Isolated Seniors

The Socially Isolated experience poor community connections

Loneliness may be deadly for seniors

What are the issues and challenges?

The problem is when loneliness persists for a long period of time. And when it is chronic, then we enter into a chronic stress state. And that is what has dramatically consequential impacts on our health.
- Vivek Murthy, Author of Together: The Healing Power of Human Connection in a Sometimes Lonely World

  • The rising suicide rate among seniors strongly correlates with the rise in seniors who live alone.
    • In 2000, 79 seniors aged 60 and above committed suicide in Singapore. In 2020, this number almost doubled to 154 1
    • In that same time, the number of seniors who live alone has quadrupled. 2
  • Many seniors face loneliness from the loss of social networks due to the retirement and death of friends and loved ones.
    • A loss of mobility due to age and chronic illness can cause further problems in meeting other people.
What you can do?

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MWS reaches out to isolated seniors in several parts of Singapore through befriending. Sign up to be a befriender today!
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