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Lim Wei Zhong, Jeremy

Research Associate (Senior)

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Jeremy Lim is a quantitative researcher studying the social lives of older adults. He joined CARE in June 2022 and is involved in several projects including a longitudinal study of older Singaporeans and their family members (TRaCE) that aims to understand caregiving from the perspective of both caregivers and care recipients, and to track changes in caregiving-related outcomes over time.

 

Jeremy graduated with a Master’s degree from Seoul National University and is currently studying for a PhD in Public Policy at the National University of Singapore. In his previous employment, he designed an online game that puts players in the shoes of a low-income elderly Singaporean, to raise awareness about the challenges that they face. He also contributed to the design of Singapore’s first purpose-built gym for seniors that aims to prevent falls by slowing the natural decline in muscle mass that is associated with ageing. In this gym, located at Bishan Community Club, seniors can exercise with their friends in a safe and conducive environment while encouraging and motivating each other.

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Jeremy Lim’s research focuses on the social lives of older adults and intergenerational relationships. In his PhD thesis, he studied how social participation changes through late-life transitions, specifically widowhood and retirement. Using data on Korean older adults, he found that widows are more likely to increase their interaction with children, friends and formal groups after losing their spouse, suggesting that they are not passive “victims” of circumstance but take proactive steps to build new social networks. However, retirees were more likely to experience declines in social interaction, especially male retirees, pointing to their dependence on work-related social networks. On the other hand, retirees who returned to work or engaged in “bridge employment” had more positive trajectories of social participation, underscoring the importance of work in our lives.

Jeremy’s other research projects include:

(1)    A study on how intergenerational relationships are influenced by gender norms in Asian countries, leading to differences in contact with parents and inheritance allocations between sons and daughters, and by birth order.

(2)    A study on how young Singaporean families are adapting to the COVID-19 pandemic over time, by tracking their family relationships, wellbeing, housing situation, and fertility intentions.

Lim-Soh, J. W., & Lee, Y. (2022) Social participation through the retirement transition: Differences by gender and employment status. Research on Aging, Online Access.

Lim-Soh, J. W., & Tan, P. L. (2022) Weathering the Storm: Longitudinal Evidence on Women’s Changing Family Relationships During COVID-19. Journal of Family Issues, Online Access.

Lim-Soh, J. W. (2022). Social participation in widowhood: Evidence from a 12-year panel. The Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences, 77(5), 972-982.

Ng, R., & Lim-Soh, J. W. (2021). Ageism Linked to Culture, Not Demographics: Evidence From an 8-Billion-Word Corpus Across 20 Countries. The Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences, 76(9), 1791–1798.