In the nation-wide initiative to integrate senior residents and the vulnerable elderly into society’s social support infrastructure, more senior activity centres (SACs) are being set up islandwide. On 11 February, MP for Nee Soon Central, Assoc. Prof. Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim officiated the opening of Orange Valley – Golden Palms Senior Activity Centre at Blk 701B, Yishun Avenue 5.
Located in close proximity to HDB studio apartments (SA), the SAC offers community outreach programmes and recreational activities to seniors.
Mr Aw Ah Lee, 69, said he is more cheerful nowadays since frequenting the centre. “I come here every day to sing songs and play board games. I also make new friends here,” Mr Aw smiled.
The SAC’s weekly activities include morning exercises, baking, karaoke, art and craft, and Wii video gaming. Additionally, the activity centres are linked to the Alert Alarm System built into every SA unit. In an emergency, residents can raise an alarm through an intercom unit and emergency pull cords in the bathroom and living room. In this way, seniors in crisis can receive trained help quickly.
The launch event ended on a merry note with Assoc. Prof. Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim bravely attempting the Chinese New Year song, ‘God of Fortune Has Arrived’. Editorial and Photo Credits – Nee Soon Town Council
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