When focusing on keeping up with
the future, we tend to overlook the past.
The past that helped
shape our future.
In a study of 1021 seniors, 62% felt that they were socially disconnected. Despite 79% of the respondents living with their family, they still feel lonely and isolated.Singapore Chinese Health Study, 2021
The percentage of Singaporeans aged 65 and above living alone grew from 6.6% in 2000 to 8.9% in 2015.Department Of Statistics Singapore, 2015
It is estimated that the number will increase from 41,200 to 83,000 by 2030.Singapore Ministry Of Health, 2016
Social Isolation can increase the risk of mental health issues. Being surrounded by people does not necessarily mean that you aren’t lonely. The same goes for the seniors. They need to be cared for and remain meaningfully engaged. Small actions such as engaging them through activities and asking about their wellbeing can help curb their loneliness.
Depression Among The Seniors
1 in 5 seniors aged 75 and above and living at home exhibited signs of depressionSingapore Longitudinal Ageing Study, 2012
Some of the common causes for depression in seniors include loneliness, moving to a new life stage and dependence on others due to disability. You can help mitigate this issue by learning how to engage seniors to show them that you care.
As of 2019, only 58% of residents aged 60 and above are internet users as compared to 89% for all residents.Infocomm Media Development Authority, 2019
Having the knowledge to use technology has become a key factor to participating in society. As seniors are among the least technologically savvy group in our population, they may feel left out as a result, contributing to feelings of isolation and loneliness.
55% OF YOUTHS WHO HAVEN’T VOLUNTEERED WOULD DO SO IF GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY.
If you are one of them, here are some of the many initiatives from Youth Corps Singapore where you can learn, volunteer, lead and connect while supporting the cause of Children!
HAVE TO SAY!
“I’ve always thought that seniors didn’t have much to offer, but this was proven otherwise when I saw through their eyes...”
Youth Corps Leader
“This project (DLC) made me step out of my comfort zone … I’m glad I did that … start interacting more with the seniors around.”
Tee Zhi Yao
Youth Corps Aspirant, Cohort 7
About Youth Corps Singapore
Youth Corps Singapore champions for youth
volunteerism. We believe that the passion of
youth can help to build a socially inclusive
and sustainable society. We provide a range
of meaningful opportunities for youth to learn,
volunteer, lead and connect to serve the community.