“The Better Me”

by | March 22, 2018

This was the theme of this year’s Positive Ageing Conference and speakers shared about positive ageing, lifelong learning and senior volunteerism.

Dr Amy Khor speaking at the conference.

At this year’s Positive Ageing Conference 2018 with the theme “The Better Me”, about 500 people came to listen to three speakers who shared their thoughts on positive ageing, lifelong learning and senior volunteerism.

Organised by the Council for Third Age (C3A), the speakers included Jack Sim, founder of World Toilet Organization and BoP Hub, who spoke about older is better. Adjunct Assoc Prof Dr Grace Lee from NUS talked about supporting real news rather than fake news about ageing well, and Rajiv Vij, life and executive coach of Personal Alchemy, shared about in search of “The Better Me” and his three lessons. The event was graced by guest-of-honour, Dr Amy Khor, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Health and Ministry of Environment and Water Resources.

The event at Toa Payoh HDB Hub Convention Centre was held in conjunction with the two-day National Silver Academy (NSA) roadshow, which ends on March 23. There are 26 partners, including ITE, polytechnics, university, art college and community-based organisations, providing learning and volunteering opportunities to the seniors. Seniors can check out courses by Jamiyah Singapore, Singapore Furniture Industries Council, as well as relevant information from the National Library Board. Many of these courses being offered are SkillsFuture credit-eligible and all of them at subsidised rates for seniors.

At the NSA roadshow, there were a number of volunteering opportunities available to seniors as well as learning opportunities.

There are also volunteering opportunities by community-based organisations such as Blossom Seeds and Thye Hua Kwan Moral Charities to help seniors lead more fulfilling and meaningful silver years by contributing back to society. There are also a number of fun activities at the roadshow including teaser classes, batik printing demonstration and floral arrangement.

Lee Ah Kow, 79, is a tennis coach and a firm believer of lifelong learning. He feels that “there are still many things for me to learn and as long as I am still alive, I would not stop learning”.




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