Hokkien drama a good way to reach out to seniors

It is heartening to know that government agencies are endeavouring to get their messages across effectively to the pioneers ("New Hokkien drama to explain policies to seniors"; Sept 2).

Hokkiens form about 40 per cent of the Chinese population here, making them the largest Chinese dialect group in Singapore.

Many seniors converse in Hokkien, or at least understand what is being spoken.

Given the fact that many seniors are less educated, it is more effective to communicate with them via dialects.

The 10-part series, Eat Already?, will certainly serve as a powerful medium to reach out to seniors and other less educated Singaporeans to enlighten them on government messages and policies.

Quite a number of people do not fully understand matters concerning MediShield Life, the Silver Support Scheme and Pioneer Generation Package despite much publicity in the media.

With the screening of Eat Already?, seniors will not only become more familiar with the various government support schemes, but also learn more about wellness, such as managing dementia, high blood pressure and cholesterol levels.

It is incumbent on seniors to embrace active and healthy ageing.

By being more informed of what the Government can do to help them, seniors are in a better position to articulate their concerns and issues affecting them.

Jeffrey Law Lee Beng