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Study highlights need to help 'socially isolated' elderly folk

Published on Apr 1, 2014 8:31 AM
An elderly man standing outside the common corridor of a HDB flat. -- BT FILE PHOTO: YEN MENG JIIN 

A group of elderly folk in Singapore needs help and their woes are "a gap that can be plugged", according to a study.

Living alone in one-room flats and feeling isolated, they hardly seem to care for their health. They tend not to go for health screenings - an indifference that causes their overall health to suffer.

These key findings of a study on successful ageing by researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS) highlight the need for the community to step in and help them, said the three dons who have been involved in the study since 2011.

The results were presented at a symposium on successful ageing at NUS yesterday.

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