20 Nov '11, 6am

Someone to watch over me - TODAYonline

Madam Lee Ah Toh keeps a constant mild-mannered smile on her wrinkled face. It is a wonder, you think, that the smile is there at all after spending more than 50 of her 77 years of life mostly alone. Unmarried and childless, she has few friends. The telephone sits silent in one corner of her whitewashed one-room flat in North Bridge Road, where she passively whiles away most of the day's 24 hours. Given up by her birth mother as a baby, she is estranged from her foster family. And the elderly neighbours who shuffle by do not stop to say hello; Madam Lee sees no point in speaking to them, she says, as they are older and more fragile than she is. The only regular contact she receives from the outside world is limited to a handful of faces each week. Volunteers from the Thye Hua Kwan Moral Society and Lions Befrienders, who come once a week with food or to help her clean her ...

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