Engage more with seniors amid Covid-19: Social service agencies

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Marine engineer Maggie Chan - a volunteer with the Singapore Red Cross befriending and wellness programme, ElderAid - visits 88-year-old Madam Chen Chin Chee monthly, bringing her food, hand sanitiser and masks. ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI
Marine engineer Maggie Chan - a volunteer with the Singapore Red Cross befriending and wellness programme, ElderAid - visits 88-year-old Madam Chen Chin Chee monthly, bringing her food, hand sanitiser and masks. ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI
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Former hawker Yuen Tian Yong, 84, has been living alone in his rental flat in Jalan Kukoh, off Chin Swee Road, since his wife died from respiratory problems 11 years ago.

His three children - who have all moved out - visit him monthly, but the Covid-19 pandemic has limited the amount of time he can spend with them and with his friends.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 21, 2021, with the headline Engage more with seniors amid Covid-19: Social service agencies. Subscribe