Loneliness after retirement: Understanding Digital Literacy and Tools to Facilitate Socialisation

Digital health literacy

When NCSS and CLASIC met in late 2020, one of the challenges expressed by NCSS was ensuring the accessibility of online services for service users and caregivers who are not IT literate. CLASIC the SIT Health and Social Sciences cluster faculty to explore possibilities of developing student projects to address some of the related concerns. Some of the identified areas were developed into problem statements and discussed in a Nursing NUR3009 class taught by Senior Lecturer, Ms Jade Soh.  

With the help of Community for Successful Ageing (COMSA), Tsao Foundation, Ms Soh arranged for her students to work with the Agency of Integrated Care amidst the prevailing pandemic conditions to carry out the project based on the theme of loneliness in life after retirement. The students conducted focus group discussions on (1) using digital tools such as the HealthHub application and inputting important emergency information into mobile phones, and (2) learning and applying the bio-psycho-social-spiritual model in their lives. The students produced a commendable video in English and Mandarin to guide seniors in using Zoom and to encourage them to keep in touch with family and friends and to take part in social activities.