Abstract for: Mapping the Dynamic Complexity of Social Isolation among Older Adults in Singapore

Social isolation is defined herein as quantitatively and qualitatively diminished social network—such as reduced contact and poor relationship with family and friends. Not only do the older adults experience a lower quality of life when socially isolated, they are at a higher risk of negative health outcomes. Our ability to deal with social isolation among older adult lies in developing a comprehensive understanding of the complex underlying mechanisms that drives the incidence and prevalence of social isolation. Thus, this study aims to develop a deeper understanding of the dynamic complexity of social isolation among older adults in Singapore, that brings feedback perspective to help identify systemic issues responsible for social isolation among older adults to inform and target system-wide interventions and policies.