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Studying Living Arrangements of Socially Disconnected Seniors in Singapore

Medical Xpress
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Social disconnection is a lack of social, emotional, and physical engagement with other people. This results in isolation and loneliness. Risk factors such as the shrinking of family sizes, lack of family support, and declining health have made it hard for older adults to keep up with social and economic activities and maintain social connections, which ultimately results in social disconnection and isolation. The social distancing measures brought about by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic have exacerbated social isolation, especially among the elderly.

In the Singapore Chinese Health Study done by a team led ...