No one should die alone, and be left undiscovered for weeks

Apart from tackling reclusiveness, we should also look at shoring up companionship in the last moments

Beyond governmental and policy changes, the biggest impact must come from community action to tackle social isolation problems, says the author. PHOTO: ST FILE
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Recent news of a reclusive pair – an elderly man and his mother – who were found dead in a flat sent shockwaves across Singapore.

It spoke volumes of the decline in neighbourly relations and raises questions over whether we have failed our seniors as a society.

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