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Missing Dakota: How Relocation Impacts The Elderly - Life, Uprooted (1/2)

In 2016, residents of the Old Kallang Airport Housing Estate at Dakota Crescent began moving out, as the estate - one of Singapore's oldest - was marked for redevelopment. The roughly 400 households of the rental housing estate had been given about two years' notice, and the opportunity to move to brand-new rental flats at a nearby block - 52 Cassia Crescent. While the modern flats with elderly-friendly universal design features promised seniors a fresh start, for some, the sense of dislocation and unhappiness was tough to deal with. Not only were daily haunts like the market and hawker centre further away now - up to a 30-minute walk for an elderly person with weak legs - the activity centre that was at the heart of residents' social interactions was not moving with them. From early 2019, CNA Insider tracked how these older residents had fared in the years after being relocated, and looked at the dangers of isolation and disengagement that can result.

Missing Dakota: How Relocation Impacts The Elderly - Life, Uprooted (1/2)

23 Aug 2021 10:04pm

In 2016, residents of the Old Kallang Airport Housing Estate at Dakota Crescent began moving out, as the estate - one of Singapore's oldest - was marked for redevelopment. The roughly 400 households of the rental housing estate had been given about two years' notice, and the opportunity to move to brand-new rental flats at a nearby block - 52 Cassia Crescent.

While the modern flats with elderly-friendly universal design features promised seniors a fresh start, for some, the sense of dislocation and unhappiness was tough to deal with. Not only were daily haunts like the market and hawker centre further away now - up to a 30-minute walk for an elderly person with weak legs - the activity centre that was at the heart of residents' social interactions was not moving with them.

From early 2019, CNA Insider tracked how these older residents had fared in the years after being relocated, and looked at the dangers of isolation and disengagement that can result.

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