Helping Seniors to Age Actively11 July 2015
NTUC Health’s Senior Activity Centre (previously known as SilverACE) at Redhill is not a place where the elderly just watch the world go by.
You will find seniors there engaged in different activities like art & craft, mahjong, board games, karaoke, reading and surfing the internet. You will be tempted to taste the delicious-looking dishes cooked by groups of friends. Such a homely atmosphere characterises the atmosphere of each of the six Senior Activity Centres that you visit.
The Senior Activity Centres promote an active and healthy lifestyle for the elderly, especially underprivileged seniors with weak family support, who are often lonely, isolated, and live in rental flats. The centres regularly organise activities for the members such as movie screenings, health talks, basic health checkups, and celebrations for Chinese New Year, Hari Raya, and Christmas. Enrollment is free and each centre has 200 to 400 members.
“After I joined the centre, my health and mood improved. The many activities make my outlook in life more positive, and the friends I made from all walks of life also widened my perspective and knowledge,” said Mdm Chan Kum Hong, a member of Senior Activity Centres (Redhill).
In addition, the centres also provide support services such as monitoring of the frail and/or homebound elderly, befriending and guiding them, and offering them information and referrals. Mr Allan Ho, Manager for NTUC Health Senior Activity Centres, said, “These services allow the elderly to continue to live in the community with their friends.”
To find out more about NTUC Health’s senior activity centres, go to https://ntuchealth.sg/senior-activity-centres/
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