Rental flat residents at greater risk of poor health, studies show

Retiree Lau Eng Boon, 65, getting his blood pressure checked by community nurse Murni Nadhirah Abdul Rahim, 30. She helped him to organise his pills for various conditions, including hypertension and stroke, into pill boxes to make it easier for him
Retiree Lau Eng Boon, 65, getting his blood pressure checked by community nurse Murni Nadhirah Abdul Rahim, 30. She helped him to organise his pills for various conditions, including hypertension and stroke, into pill boxes to make it easier for him to keep track of them.ST PHOTO: KELVIN CHNG
ST PHOTO: KELVIN CHNG

They are more likely to be admitted to hospital frequently; experts point to lack of social support and low health literacy

Retiree Lau Eng Boon, 65, was making his way to the market near his rental flat at York Hill in Tiong Bahru in June last year when his vision suddenly blurred.

A wave of giddiness hit him as his legs gave way. He landed on the floor, his left shoulder bearing the brunt of the impact.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 11, 2019, with the headline 'Rental flat residents at greater risk of poor health, studies show'. Print Edition | Subscribe