As part of SSA journey of “Choose Hope, Embracing Diversity, Empowering Lives” towards the Youth Summit, SSA youths endeavour to promote a caring and inclusive society through embracing age diversity at the community level.
On 21 July 2018, SSA embarked on a new community befriending programme that organises house visits to elderly who are either living alone or staying with elderly siblings in the Tampines region. The programme is an initiative by Ministry of Health and administered by the Agency for Integrated Care (AIC) which aims to enable elderly to stay connected to the community and avoid social isolation.
The youths engaged in lively conversations with the elderly and they also prepared apples as a gift to thank them for sharing their valuable life experiences. During the house visit, youth volunteers shared with the elderly on available health care schemes such as community functional health screening, Care Line and various social activities that they could participate near their homes.
Cheryl Chua, a former Student Division member, shared her impression, “During my conversation with the elderly lady whom I visited, I could better understand the difficulties and worries of elderly living alone. Yet, it was heart-warming to see her cheerful despite her circumstances. As a youth, I feel that there are many things I can learn from her, such as her positive spirit even when she is facing various health challenges and her warmth towards her nieces and nephews. I am better able to empathise and appreciate the elderly after this experience.”
Useful information for Elderly:
Care Line is a telephone service that offers tele-befriending and services to help seniors in Singapore, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. To register for free subscription to Care Line, call 6340 7054
The Community Functional Screening Programme detects any age-related decline of functional ability which could affect a person’s daily activities. If you are interested to find out more, you can call the Singapore Silver Line at 1800 650 6060 (Monday to Friday: 8.30am to 8.30pm, Saturday: 8.30am to 4.00pm. Excluding Public Holidays)
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