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Thang, L. L., & Lim, E. (2012). Seniors Living Alone in Singapore


This research sought to understand the problems and concerns that seniors living alone face and the coping strategies that they employ. It also attempted to understand the significance and potential of senior activity centres and the issues of concern among the future seniors in Singapore. The research employed both qualitative and quantitative methods. Although seniors living alone remain the focus in the study, to obtain a more comprehensive scope of understanding, interviews were also conducted with seniors living with their families and young-old persons. In total, 170 semi-structured interviews and 300 household surveys were done. The study reveals that seniors living alone worried about their financial situations, mobility, and the lack of family support. Friends and neighbours were the main source of support for those without families and kin. Senior Activity Centres (SAC) were found to be beneficial although there were gender differences in the usage of SACs. Finally, the young-old who were better educated preferred to age in place and live independently from their children although the desire for emotional support from their families remained strong.

This study was co-funded by the National Council of Social Service,
Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Welfare Foundation and the Singapore TOTE Board.

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