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NTUC launches programme to encourage those in silver years to be 'better, wiser, fitter'

Published on Aug 17, 2014 12:04 AM

SINGAPORE - Shakespeare wrote of the seven ages of man; Singapore's national trade union is pushing the five stages of empowerment for men and women aged 55 and above.

On Saturday, National Trade Union Congress (NTUC) launched a programme to encourage those in their silver years to be "better, wiser, and fitter", in the words of labour chief Lim Swee Say. "We want to remind ourselves and the world that... we still have a sense of purpose, the zest for life, and the desire to keep our minds stimulated," he said at an annual U Live symposium. The U Live community under the NTUC is meant for those aged 55 and above.

The "structured empowerment" programme, Active 55+, consists of five stages and takes between three and six months to complete. Participants get a certificate upon completion.

The first stage is a workshop that teaches participants how to achieve a happy, healthy, productive and purposeful lifestyle. The remaining stages will then focus on each of these aspects. For instance, stage two, which focuses on happiness, features a full-day workshop addressing the social, psychological and biological aspects of ageing. Stage three is about health, and includes talks on chronic diseases and health screening.

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