Senior citizens living with family, but still feeling lonely

Local research is finding that for seniors, having a companion their own age makes a big difference to their health and mental well-being.
Local research is finding that for seniors, having a companion their own age makes a big difference to their health and mental well-being.ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI

Research finds that having a companion their own age boosts seniors' health, well-being

Most of Madam Teek Mohmod's life has revolved around her family, especially caring for her parents towards the end of their lives.

The demands of keeping her household going meant she saw less and less of her friends. After her husband died last year, she found herself very much alone.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 27, 2018, with the headline 'Living with family, but still feeling lonely'. Print Edition | Subscribe