What some Singaporeans are doing to banish loneliness - SingHealth
Ms Linda Loh joined exercise classes to combat loneliness when her grown-up children moved out of the family home. Today, she works out with a group of exercise enthusiasts who call themselves Bedok Sweeties. The decline in the rate of loneliness is a result of older adults being more educated and more likely to seek ways to curb their isolation. Housewife Linda Loh felt lonely when first her mum and then her dad died more than a decade ago. Ms Loh, 60, used to spend her free time with her parents as her husband was based overseas for work as a regional accountant. Then her 32-year-old daughter married in 2012 and moved out. "The first few months after they moved out, the house felt so empty," she said. "I stayed home alone and just did housework or I would go to the market to walk around. She realised then that she wanted to do something about her loneliness. Today, she attends workout sessions in the community with a group of exercise enthusiasts who call themselves Bedok Sweeties.
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