In the midst of bustling cities and rapid development, a poignant reality persists: Singapore’s elderly poor, facing physical ill health and profound loneliness, often find themselves trapped in a desperate cycle. This blog post sheds light on their struggles and highlights the crucial role caregivers play in uplifting their elderly loved ones. Join us as we explore the transformative power of support and the ways in which social enterprises like SG Assist and CareConnect are making a difference.

Loneliness Amidst a Changing Landscape

The number of elderly living alone has doubled over the past decade, reaching a staggering 63,800 in 2020, with projections indicating an alarming rise to 83,000 by 2030 (Singapore Department of Statistics). The pandemic further exacerbated their isolation as befriending and outreach services shifted online, leaving many digitally disadvantaged and struggling to access essential e-services.

The Crisis of Elderly Suicide

Tragically, the number of elderly individuals taking their own lives has soared, reaching a record high of 154 deaths in 2020, representing a 26% increase from the previous year (Samaritans of Singapore). The urgent need for support and connection cannot be overstated. It is essential to rally behind charities and initiatives that foster social outings, wellness activities, and intergenerational bonding, while also providing crucial healthcare assistance such as medical appointments and screenings.

Empowering Change through Social Enterprises

This is where organisations like SG Assist and CareConnect come into play, serving as lifelines for seniors in need. SG Assist’s volunteer-powered app connects compassionate individuals with seniors, providing essential assistance for their various needs. From running errands to offering companionship, these volunteers make a tangible impact on the lives of the elderly poor. Meanwhile, CareConnect bridges the gap between caregivers and vital healthcare services, offering expert guidance and personalised digital tools to navigate the complexities of caregiving.

Unleashing the Power of Compassion

As caregivers, we hold the key to rekindling hope in the hearts of our elderly loved ones. By lending a helping hand, offering companionship, and supporting social enterprises, we can combat the silent struggles of isolation and despair. Together, we can create a society that cherishes and supports its seniors, ensuring that no one is left behind.


The plight of Singapore’s elderly poor calls for collective action, compassion, and support. Let us stand shoulder to shoulder, raising awareness and extending a helping hand to those in need. Organisations like SG Assist and CareConnect provide avenues for meaningful engagement and assistance, allowing us to make a profound difference in the lives of the elderly. Together, we can break the chains of isolation, rekindle hope, and build a community where no one feels alone or forgotten.

At SG Assist and CareConnect, we believe that every act of kindness counts. Whether you’re a caregiver in need of support or a volunteer looking to make a difference, we’re here for you. Visit SG Assist and CareConnect’s website to learn more about our services, download the SG Assist app or sign up as a volunteer for our Caregiver Resource Centre, and together, let’s create a community of care and support. Don’t forget to subscribe to our newsletter here for updates on how you can help.


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