Social integration and well-being of the elderly amid the pandemic

In a commentary, SMU Dean of Students and Professor of Sociology (Practice) Paulin Straughan, who is also Director of the SMU Centre for Research on Successful Ageing (ROSA) discussed the issue of social integration and well-being of the elderly during this pandemic. She highlighted figures from a Singapore Life Panel (SLP) survey conducted in October 2021 by ROSA, which revealed that over 80 per cent of seniors cited concerns about living with the pandemic. Prof Straughan also pointed out how Covid-19 has reset almost all of society, and resulted in the blurring of parameters, norms, and boundaries. She opined that this presents an unprecedented opportunity for the government, voluntary welfare organisations, the private sector and our people to shape the strategies and guidelines for what it means to live in an endemic.

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