Singapore - For the past two years, Madam Zaharah Wahab has been visiting a senior activity centre in Sengkang to learn basic English and Chinese, and even how to use a computer.
The 65-year-old would also visit the centre during her free time to mingle with other seniors and take part in its morning exercise and arts and crafts sessions.
"It's better than sitting home and doing nothing," said the retiree.
On Saturday (July 7), this Senior Activity Centre at Rivervale finally held its official opening, along with two other facilities in Sengkang.
The other two are the Senior Activity Centre (Cluster Support) for North East, which mainly provides counselling and monitoring services to seniors, and the Senior Group Home, which provides rental homes equipped with elder-friendly features.
All three facilities are managed by voluntary welfare organisation AMKFSC Community Services, as part of its Comnet Senior Services programme which supports low-income and vulnerable seniors.
Sengkang West MP Lam Pin Min, who is also Senior Minister of State for Health, was guest of honour at the opening ceremony at Block 182 Rivervale Crescent. He signed a commemorative plaque with Dr Ang Seng Bin, chairman of AMKFSC Community Services, to officially launch the three facilities, which all began their operations around two years ago.
The opening ceremony provided an opportunity for senior beneficiaries of the Comnet Senior Services to come up with ideas for games and activities for the event.
Mr Ng Koon Sing, head of Comnet Senior Services, said: "Seniors usually end up in nursing homes due to a decline in physical or mental health. So you need to keep them active - not just physically but also giving them problems to solve and work to do to stimulate their brain activity and delay such physical and cognitive impairment."
Seniors also put up singing and dancing performances.
Madam Zaharah, who helped to prepare mee rebus for the event, said she was happy to be a part of the ceremony and grateful for the services provided by the centre.
"It's like my second home," she added.
Source: The Straits Times © Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Reproduced with permission.